KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – An elderly couple is recovering Tuesday after they were brutally beaten inside their south Kansas City home.
The woman was also raped, according to a police report.
Tony L. Putman, 18, of Kansas City was charged with six felonies Tuesday afternoon. The charges include one count of rape and two counts of robbery.
The couple’s ordeal began about 1:30 p.m. Monday when a man broke into their home near 73rd Street and Campbell Avenue. Entry was gained through a basement window, which was broken.
The 93-year-old man was home alone when the suspect began to ransack the house and attacked him, police said.
Putman hit the man in the face and bound him with belts, according to court documents.
In the meantime, the man’s 84-year-old wife came home. She had been at the bank where she had gotten $400.
Police said the woman came into the house and heard her husband moaning.
“She went upstairs to check on him and she met his attacker,” according to court documents. “He bound her hands and demanded money. She gave him $5.”
After forcing the woman upstairs, the man took $400 from her she had just received from the bank. He then raped her, according to court documents. Putman allegedly also stole jewelry from the home.
After the 93-year-old man broke free, he discovered his wife crumpled in a heap on the floor.
“You see all that stuff in the news and then the next thing you know it happens to your family,” said Chris Garcia, who is married to the couple’s daughter. “It’s just a horrible thing that someone would do something like that to two elderly people.”
After receiving a description of the stolen vehicle, police kept an eye out for it. Just before 3 p.m., police became involved in a short chase with the driver. Three people inside the car were taken into custody but ultimately not charged.
“I did it all,” Putman allegedly told police when he was taken into custody. “They had nothing to do with anything.”
Putman cut his arm while breaking in and blood evidence was obtained at the scene, according to court documents.
At police headquarters, Putman denied being at the couple’s home. He said his mother gave him the jewelry and he found the stolen car at 74th Street and Troost Avenue.
Putman claimed he injured his wrist while wrestling with a cousin.
His mother denied giving him the jewelry and his cousin denied injuring him while wresting. One of those in the car with Putman had $362 in cash on him when he was arrested, but said his mother gave it to him.
“We’re just lucky that they were able to catch up to those people before they did any harm to anybody else,” Garcia said.
The couple was treated at an area hospital and released Monday night.
Prosecutors are seeking a $200,000 bond. A judge has not set bond yet.