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2-year Topeka rape investigation ends with man facing felony charges



TOPEKA, Kan. – A Topeka man faces felony rape and kidnapping charges after the Shawnee County District Attorney formally filed them Tuesday.

Paul Gavino Mendez faces felony charges including:

  • Rape
  • Aggravated criminal sodomy
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated burglary

A woman came to the Topeka Police Department on Aug. 19, 2019 with a report that a man raped her in her southwest Topeka apartment, according to Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay. An investigation led to officers arresting Mendez Jan. 28 for the incident nearly two years ago.