Teenagers arrested in abduction, rape of Midtown woman

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police arrested three teenagers Friday evening in connection with the abduction and rape of a 70-year-old Memphis woman.

Police said two male suspects knocked an electrical meter off the woman's home in the Hein Park neighborhood of Midtown, cutting off electricity, then broke in through a window.

Neighbors said  it happened around midnight Friday morning.

The teens stole her Honda Civic and kidnapped her, driving her almost 20 miles to the Oakhaven area near the airport. The woman was let out somewhere near the 2900 block of Morningview, where she knocked on a door for help.

Officers responded to the Morningview address around 1:30 a.m., where they found the woman.

Police say she was sexually assaulted by one of the suspects. She was taken to a hospital, and has since been released.

  • A 17-year-old suspect was charged with two counts of especially aggravated robbery, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and elder abuse. Police did not say whether that suspect would be charged as an adult.
  • Montarius Culp, 18, was charged with especially aggravated burglary, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and elder abuse.
  • A third suspect, 18-year-old Skye Harris, was also charged as an accessory after the fact.

Crittenden County Sheriff's deputies caught the suspects near Crawfordsville, Arkansas. They say the car had a broken bumper from hitting a brick wall at the woman's home.

All three suspects were being housed Friday night at the Crittenden County Jail. They will be extradited to Memphis, but it is not known when, Memphis Police said.

A Memphis Police spokeswoman said the suspects were tracked to Arkansas through "good police work."

Dorothea Taylor, who lives in the Morningside area where the victim was dropped off, said her neighborhood is usually very quiet. “Nothing ever goes on in here,” she said.

Meanwhile, neighbors in Hein Park say there was another home invasion one street over a year ago. They're asking city officials why they don't have any SkyCop cameras.

“To hear someone came in, cut power and broke in through a window and assaulted a homeowner before abducting them seems like an extreme, that’s a rising level of violence,” neighbor Josh Bradley said.

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