Authorities on Thursday sought additional possible victims of a man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and repeatedly sexually assaulting a woman in the Arcadia area.
The 25-year-old woman was abducted aboutd 3 a.m. Wednesday while walking in the area of Longden Avenue and Peck Roads in an unincorporated area near Arcadia, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Tina Schrader said.
Schrader said the victim was carried to the suspect’s car, then driven to his home near the intersection of Longden and 10th Street, where she was repeatedly assaulted.
The victim managed to briefly escape the residence and raise the alarm with a neighbor before being dragged back inside, Schrader said.
The neighbor called law enforcement, Schrader said. When deputies arrived at the address around 2 p.m. they heard a woman screaming, LASD Sgt Julie Geary said.
The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Philippe Lutete, fled the house through a side window, and leaped from the second story to an adjacent one- story building, Schrader said.
“As deputies entered the building, the suspect fled from the location leaping from the second story, to an adjacent first story building,” Schrader said.
A short time later, deputies were called about a suspicious person several blocks from the suspect’s residence. They responded and arrested Lutete in the backyard of a residence in the 2800 block of South Mayflower Avenue about 9:30-9:45 p.m., booking him on suspicion of kidnap and rape, Schrader said.
Lutete was being held in lieu of $1.3 million and was due in court in Alhambra on April 10, according to sheriff’s online jail records.
At the time of the kidnapping, Lutete was free on bond after a previous arrest for a similar offense, Schrader said.
Anyone with information about this incident or any others that may havbe been committed by Lutete was urged to call the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
— City News Service