Detectives believe there may be additional victims of a man accused of kidnapping a 25-year-old woman in the Arcadia area, taking her to his home and repeatedly raping her, the Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday.
Philippe Lutete, 29, was arrested a few blocks from his home in an unincorporated area south of Arcadia Wednesday night, several hours after deputies called off a search for him.
Authorities were initially called to Lutete's home by a neighbor who reported seeing a woman briefly escape the residence, ask for help and then get dragged back inside by a man, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The woman later told investigators she had been repeatedly raped for hours.
When deputies arrived, they heard her screaming for help from a rear second-story window at the home, in the 2900 block of Spruce Court. As they entered the home, the attacker fled by leaping from the second floor onto a one-story building next door.
He eluded efforts to capture him until a “suspicious person” call came into authorities from a home several blocks from Lutete’s. He was taken into custody without a struggle by multiple deputies, video from the scene showed.
Lutete's latest arrest was no surprise to residents who know him.
Neighbors, who did not want to be identified, told KTLA that Lutete has terrorized residents for years.
"He pulled a knife on one of the neighbors," one man told KTLA.
Another resident said she taught her children to avoid him.
"Our kids know ... when you see him ... just walk inside and ... don't even make eye contact," she said.
Lutete was being held on $1.3 million bail on suspicion of kidnapping and rape.
He was expected to be arraigned in Alhambra Superior Court on Friday morning, according to a spokeswoman for the county District Attorney’s Office.
When he assaulted his victim Wednesday, he was out on bail in a similar case, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
A criminal complaint provided by the DA’s office charged Philippe Mengi Brian Lutete with sexual battery by restraint and false imprisonment by violence in connection with an assault that allegedly occurred Nov. 26, 2014.
Lutete pleaded not guilty in that case, the DA’s office spokeswoman said; his bail was set on Jan. 26 at $75,000, the complaint indicates.
He was released Jan. 29, according to county inmate records, which show multiple previous arrests in the San Gabriel Valley.
The victim in Wednesday’s attack told investigators she was walking near a gas station at Longden Avenue and Peck Road, a few blocks from Lutete’s home, about 3 a.m. Wednesday when he grabbed her, carried her to his car and took her to his home, where he continuously sexually assaulted her.
Deputies were called to the home by the neighbor about 2 p.m. that day, a sheriff’s lieutenant said early Wednesday evening.
The victim was hospitalized.
Anyone with information about possible additional victims or about Wednesday's assault were asked to call the sheriff's Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273.
To submit anonymous tips, call "Crime Stoppers" at 800-222-8477, or text the letters TIPLA plus a tip to 274637, or go to lacrimestoppers.org.
KTLA's Kennedy Ryan contributed to this story.