Man charged with sexual assault, stabbing

NEOSHO, Mo. | A 49-year-old man is facing five felony charges for allegedly holding a woman captive inside his home for about 12 hours while sexually assaulting and stabbing her.

Neosho police were called at 3:41 a.m. Sunday to the 700 block of West Spring Street in reference to a disturbance with weapons involved.

Officers found a 55-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds and lacerations to her chest, head and hands sitting naked on the porch of a nearby residence. She told police that she had been held against her will by a man inside the residence next door at 710 W. Spring St.

Kevin A. Todd was charged Sunday by the Newton County prosecutor’s office with first-degree assault, forcible rape, forcible sodomy, felonious restraint and armed criminal action. He remained in custody at the Newton County Jail on bonds totaling $375,000.

The woman reported that she went to the home of Todd about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and that Todd pulled her inside, held her there and sexually assaulted her over a 12-hour period after repeatedly stabbing her with a barbecue fork, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

The woman told police that Todd stabbed her several times with the barbecue fork in the living room and dining room of the home shortly after she got there. Police found blood-soaked carpet and furniture thrown about both rooms.

According to the affidavit, Todd tied her up in a bedroom closet and raped her while continuing to threaten her with the fork. He also sexually assaulted her with a baseball bat, the affidavit states.

The woman told police that her attacker tied her up in the bathroom and told her that he was going to kill her when he woke up from a nap. Once he fell asleep, the woman escaped and sought help next door, the affidavit states.

Neosho police Chief David McCracken said the woman was taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin for treatment of her injuries, which included the collapse of both lungs, more than 20 stab wounds and a broken finger. The affidavit states that the little finger on her left hand was “dangling from the base of her hand” and appeared to be fractured when officers first saw her.

Todd was naked when he answered an officer’s knock at his home, the affidavit states. He also appeared to be intoxicated and was uncooperative after pulling on a pair of pajama pants and being read his Miranda rights, the officer wrote in the affidavit.

Search warrants were obtained for the home and for the man. Police said bloodstains were found on Todd’s hands and in the nail beds of his fingers.