GREENE COUNTY, Mo.– Two men, one who is an undocumented resident living in the United States illegally, have been charged with kidnapping, rape, and sexual abuse after a missing 22-year-old woman with autism was found in Greene County.
25-year-old Luis Arnold Lopez-Lara, an illegal alien(top), and 23-year-old Helmer Alexander Erazo(bottom) were charged with two counts of rape, one count of sexual abuse, and two counts of kidnapping. Two other men involved also have pending charges.
According to court documents, the 22-year-old autistic woman walked away from her home the morning April 15 because she was upset and she left a note but it was unreadable.
On Monday, April 17 family members located the woman in a mobile home nearby with two Hispanic males, a third male was located at a nearby property.
The woman told law enforcement she was held against her will for three days inside and had been sexually assaulted. Using anatomically correct drawings the victim was able to indicate she was raped by Lopez-Lara.
Neighbor, Lindsey Smith says, “To have it literally be in our backyard and can throw a stone at these guys is horrible.”
Court documents indicate that the victim was walking by the mobile home in which she was held captive when the males were whistling at her, yelled ” Hey pretty girl” and offered her alcoholic beverages inside the residence. One of the males tried to warn the victim to not come inside.
Smith is now concerned for her daughter’s safety and says, “I haven’t let her ride the bus, I don’t want her out in the neighborhood, I don’t want her unsupervised.”
Lopez-Lara removed the victim’s clothes and gave her different clothes. Lopez-Lara allegedly then sexually assaulted the victim multiple times, even after several attempts by the victim to escape and telling him to stop.
The victim told police she was drunk after Lopez-Lara had given her a beer to drink.
At one time during the three days inside the mobile home, the victim hid in the closet. Eraz grabbed her by the neck and held her against the wall. The males would not let her leave and told her they would kill her if she left.
The victim also told police they “starved her”, the males provided her with “Mexican food” but she did not like it and was only given water, a bag of chips, and a candy bar to eat.
Smith describes what happened as, “Horrible, absolutely horrible. We’ve never had anything like this go on. We’ve never felt like we really had to lock our doors, lock our cars and watch our kids at night. Just not the town I grew up in anymore.”
According to the court documents, on April 15 a deputy called one of the males looking ” for a girl”, the man told the deputy there was ” no small girl here.”
US Immigrations and Customs were contacted to positively identify Lopez-Lara an undocumented person living in the United States illegally.
Lopez-Lara is currently being held in the Greene County Jail without bond, Erazo in lieu of a $150,000 bond.
A press releases states, it should be noted that the felony complaints contain two alternative charges of rape and two alternative counts of kidnapping. Under Missouri law, there are different types of conduct which constitute rape and kidnapping. However, a defendant can only be convicted of one of each of the counts which have been charged in the alternative.
Over the past three days, more than 60 sheriff’s deputies have worked tirelessly to locate the victim who was initially reported as a runaway. Deputies were assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, The Republic and Springfield Police, the bloodhound unit from the Ozarks Correctional Center, the GCSO Mounted Posse, and dozens of citizen volunteers