Man charged after attack leaves woman with 51 stitches

Prosecutors have charged a Kansas City man with three counts of assault in connection with an attack that left a woman with 51 stitches.

Robert H. Saffold, 49, was charged Saturday with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault, according to Kansas City Police. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

According to police, a 24-year-old woman told officers that she was walking near 39th Street and Prospect Avenue early Friday when she was approached by a man she knew as “Blade.” She said the man worked as a security guard at a local club. She said she got in his vehicle, and he took her to a residence in the 3800 block of E. 37th Street. She told police the suspect pulled out a gun and forced her inside, hitting her with the gun and his fists and yelling, “I’m tired of all you hoes! You all owe me!”

The victim told police she struggled repeatedly with the suspect and that he continued to hit and choke her as she drifted in and out of consciousness. She said she escaped the house by breaking a window with her elbow, then ran down the street, knocking on doors and screaming for help.

Police said the victim received stitches at an area hospital and suffered from numerous scrapes and abrasions. She later identified Saffold from a photographic lineup.

Police said the owner of the residence where the attack occurred told them that he owned an area club and that an employee named “Blade” was going to rent the house, but that he had been fired before an agreement was finalized. Another witness, however, told police that Saffold had worked as a security guard at the club as recently as Thursday night.

Saffold was arrested around 7:30 p.m. Friday.