Rape suspect on the run after victim plays dead to escape

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are looking for a man they say kidnapped and repeatedly raped a woman in East Memphis.

The victim said Kelvin Montgomery, who some may know as RJ, beat her for hours until she was found running down the street handcuffed and naked.

Friends hit East Memphis posting wanted flyers. They printed out thousands, taping them to poles and handing them out to neighbors, to warn women all over.

“The whole incident was extremely traumatizing. Horrific. Something right out of a horror move,” said one of the victim’s friends, who didn’t want to give her name for safety reasons.

Friends said they barely recognize their friend. She just got out of the hospital after they said was drugged, kidnapped and taken to a home on Willow Road on Sunday night.

“He beat her. He tried to kill her. She had to pretend to be dead before he stopped,” said the friend.

The victim told her friends Montgomery tormented and teased her for hours.

“He was laughing at her and saying things. Horrible things to her,” said the friend. “She refused to die.”

The victim told her friends when Montgomery fell asleep she snuck out.

“She said her brain went into survival mode, and she just got out of there,” said the friend.

The victim got help from a neighbor, but by the time police got there, Montgomery wasn’t there.

Her friends are afraid Montgomery skipped town. They are begging people to come forward if they have any information.

“We are going to try to get his face out there and hope someone has seen him,” said the friend. “She will have scars from this forever.”

The victim likely has nerve damage and internal bruising, but physically, she’s expected to be okay.

There is a reward for Montgomery. All you have to do is call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.


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