Apartment security guard accused of sexual assault

Man allegedly forced woman into a vacant apartment and assaulted her


Aug. 12--A security guard at an apartment complex is accused of forcing a woman into a vacant apartment and sexually assaulting her.

Bryce Harper, 34, is facing kidnapping with great bodily harm charges and is jailed without bond, according to jail records.

Police went to Villa Hermosa Apartments on the 2600 block of Americare Court NW on a shots fired call just before 4 a.m. Sunday. While en route, officers took a call from a woman who said she had been assaulted, according to the criminal complaint.

The woman told police she was looking for her cat, and when she asked Harper, one of the complex's security guards, for help, he allegedly forced her into a vacant apartment, unzipped his pants and assaulted her.

The woman's son and his friend heard her screams and ran into the apartment and punched Harper, who left.

Police said a gun was fired during the incident and Harper was the only person with a weapon, though he denied firing it, according to the complaint.

Harper's supervisor heard the altercation on the security guard's radio. The supervisor called police as well.

Police said Harper told them he met the woman and alleged they began flirting. When they went into a vacant apartment, he said he was jumped by the woman's son and his friend, according to the complaint.

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