Two Missouri men, one who is an illegal alien, have been charged with the kidnapping, rape, and sexual abuse of an autistic woman.
Luis Arnold Lopez-Lara, 25, an illegal alien, and Helmer Alexander Erazo were charged with two counts of rape, one count of sexual abuse, and two counts of kidnapping in the case involving a missing 22-year-old autistic woman. Charges against two additional men are also pending.
The woman, who was found in Greene County, walked away from her home on Saturday because she was upset, leaving behind an unreadable note. Family members located her on Monday in a nearby mobile home with two men — a third was discovered at a separate property.
According to law enforcement, the woman was held against her will for three days and had been sexually assaulted. She specifically indicated that she had been raped by Lopez-Lara.
Lindsey Smith, a neighbor, said, “To have it literally be in our backyard and … [where I] can throw a stone at these guys is horrible.”
Court documents revealed that the woman was walking by the alleged perpetrators’ mobile home when the men whistled at her, yelled, “Hey, pretty girl,” and offered her alcoholic beverages. One of the men advised the woman to stay outside, but she did not.
Reports indicate that Lopez-Lara removed the woman’s clothes—exchanging them for different ones—then sexually assaulted her multiple times despite the victim’s attempts to escape and her insisting that he stop.
Police were told by the woman that she was drunk after drinking a beer given to her by Lopez-Lara.
At one point during her captivity, the woman hid in a closet but Erazo grabbed her by the neck and held her against the wall. The men threatened to kill the woman if she left.
The woman asserted that the men “starved her,” only providing her with “Mexican food” that she did not like, along with water, a bag of chips, and a candy bar.
Neighbors are now concerned for their safety and that of their children. Regarding her daughter, Smith said, “I haven’t let her ride the bus. I don’t want her out in the neighborhood. I don’t want her unsupervised.”
Smith describes the incident 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. [It’s] just not the town I grew up in anymore.”
Lopez-Lara is currently being held without bond in the Greene County Jail, while Erazo is being held on a $150,000 bond.
More than 60 sheriff’s deputies worked to locate the victim who was initially reported as a runaway.
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