MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 31-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping a woman from the parking lot of a Northeast Memphis strip club, then raping and robbing her.
Luis Arteaga was arrested Saturday and is being held on a $30,000 bond.
Police say he kidnapped a woman outside The Gold Club on North White Station Road last Saturday, drove her to another parking lot, raped her, and stole her purse and cell phone.
“It’s to the point nowadays where women can’t – we can’t do anything without having to be concerned with somebody doing something like this. And it’s appalling. It’s appalling,” said Brandy McBroom, who lives nearby.
Court records show the victim was drunk and had fallen asleep in the passenger seat of her car in the club’s parking lot.
She says she woke up in another parking lot with Arteaga on top of her. Her cries and screams scared him off, and she drove back to the club and called police.
For McBroom, the fact that an accused rapist was walking the streets for a week before being caught is a terrifying wake-up call.
“He could have been walking around my neighborhood. I could have been taking my garbage out or coming up here to the store,” she said. “It could have just as easily happened to me or you or anybody else.”
Another woman WREG spoke to said she saw the crime scene that night while she was getting gas across the street.
“They [police] had it all wrapped up and I didn’t know what was going on,” she said. “I noticed they had all the dancers not coming out ‘til the next day.”
According to the arrest affidavit, the victim told police she couldn’t remember what Arteaga looked like or exactly what happened because she was drunk.
And he might have gotten away with it if not for the surveillance cameras outside the club – and one major mistake.
Investigators say those cameras captured Arteaga getting into the victim’s car. And then Saturday, he showed back up to the scene of the crime, and that’s when management called detectives.
“The world we live in today, it’s just amazing to me how people think they can get away with these sort of things,” McBroom said. “I mean, we have cameras everywhere. Everywhere. So, I mean, he had to know he was gonna get caught.”
Police say Arteaga waived his rights and gave a written statement, admitting to getting into the victim’s car and driving her to an unknown location, but insisting the sex was consensual.
He’ll face a judge Monday morning.
Arteaga has no prior criminal record in Shelby County. He’s now charged with aggravated kidnapping, rape and theft.