An Independence man faces multiple charges following an alleged rape this past weekend, after which he reportedly asked his victim to wait to call police so he could drink some beer before going to jail.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Russell Burd, 45, with first-degree rape and burglary, second-degree sexual abuse and third-degree kidnapping for an alleged attack that occurred early Saturday morning at the 1600 block of Harvard Avenue.
According to court documents, Burd is the victim's upstairs neighbor, and the attack happened about in the victim's residence, while her 3-year-old son was home. When police arrived at the woman's residence, her wrists had multiple red marks that appeared to be caused by handcuffs.
The victim told police Burd had knocked on her door about 4 a.m. Saturday and said they needed to talk. When she opened the door, he was sitting on the stairs leading up to his apartment and was intoxicated. He then approached her and pulled out one of the pairs of handcuffs he had. She began to push, hit and kick him to get him to leave, but he forced his way inside, waking up the young child, fell on top of her and got her wrists into handcuffs.
During the attack, she said, Burd told her multiple times to “pretend to enjoy this or I will kill you in front of your son.”
After the attack, Burd removed the handcuffs and asked her to give him “a little time before you contact the cops so I can down a couple beers before I go to jail.” She said Burd also told her to “tell the cops to watch out for my mother's ashes.”
Police arrested Burd a short time later in his apartment, and at the police detention center he became combative and argued with staff. While being combative, Burd shouted without being questioned, “That's what she wanted!” in reference to the victim.
Burd is being held on $100,000 bond.