Missouri

Records: Missouri man has long violent history with women

  • This Sept. 12, 2016, photo provided by the Benton County Sheriff's Office in Warsaw, Mo., shows Kylr Yust. In court records obtained Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, Yust, who is facing charges in the burning of a vehicle belonging to a 21-year-old Missouri woman who has been missing since last week, was the subject of a protection order nearly a decade ago by his then-girlfriend Kara Kopetsky, who accused him of kidnapping and abuse. Kopetsky disappeared in May 2007 and remains missing. That April 30, 2007, filing alleged Yust kidnapped and restrained the teenager, choked her and threatened to cut her throat during their nine-month relationship. He has not been charged in Kopetsky's disappearance. (Benton County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    This Sept. 12, 2016, photo provided by the Benton County Sheriff's Office in Warsaw, Mo., shows Kylr Yust. In court records obtained Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, Yust, who is facing charges in the burning of a vehicle belonging to a 21-year-old Missouri woman who has been missing since last week, was the subject of a protection order nearly a decade ago by his then-girlfriend Kara Kopetsky, who accused him of kidnapping and abuse. Kopetsky disappeared in May 2007 and remains missing. That April 30, 2007, filing alleged Yust kidnapped and restrained the teenager, choked her and threatened to cut her throat during their nine-month relationship. He has not been charged in Kopetsky's disappearance. (Benton County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 8, 2007 file photo, Jim and Rhonda Beckford talk about their their daughter, Kara Kopetsky, who was 17 when she disappeared in May 2007 in their hometown of Belton, Mo. Court records obtained Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, show that Kylr Yust, who is facing charges in the burning of a vehicle belonging to a 21-year-old Missouri woman who has been missing since Sept. 8, 2016, was the subject of a protection order more than nine years ago by his then-girlfriend Kopetsky, who accused him of kidnapping and abuse. Kopetsky remains missing.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE - In this June 8, 2007 file photo, Jim and Rhonda Beckford talk about their their daughter, Kara Kopetsky, who was 17 when she disappeared in May 2007 in their hometown of Belton, Mo. Court records obtained Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, show that Kylr Yust, who is facing charges in the burning of a vehicle belonging to a 21-year-old Missouri woman who has been missing since Sept. 8, 2016, was the subject of a protection order more than nine years ago by his then-girlfriend Kopetsky, who accused him of kidnapping and abuse. Kopetsky remains missing. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)  (The Associated Press)

A man charged with burning a now-missing Missouri woman's car and considered a "person of interest" in his ex-girlfriend's 2007 disappearance was accused of assaulting his pregnant then-girlfriend in 2011.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2ctiMui ) says police reports show the 18-year-old woman won a protection order against Kylr Yust after alleging he drunkenly choked her. Yust served 120 days in jail.

Yust was arrested Sunday after 21-year-old Jessica Runions' car was found burned and abandoned in Kansas City. Runions was last seen Thursday, leaving a party.

In nearby Belton, police say Yust is a person of interest in the 2007 disappearance of 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky. She vanished days after filing for a protection order against him.

Yurst hasn't been charged in either disappearance. It's unclear whether he has an attorney.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com