Arcadia Man Charged with Rape, Kidnapping and Assault; Bail Set at $3.25 Million
A 29-year-old Arcadia man who was out on bail in a sexual battery case when he allegedly abducted a woman off the street and raped her for hours was charged Friday in that case.
Philippe Mengi Brian Lutete was already facing charges of false imprisonment by violence and sexual battery by restraint in connection with an alleged attack last November, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
On Friday, prosecutors amended the felony complaint to include five additional charges: two counts of forcible rape and one count each of kidnapping to commit rape, forcible oral copulation and assault with intent to commit rape in the most recent case, the release stated.
Lutete appeared in court Friday at which time the judge set his bail at $3.25 million. His arraignment was continued until May 19.
In the first case, Lutete was accused of bringing a woman he met back to his home on Nov. 26, 2014. While there, Lutete allegedly tried to sexually assault the victim, however, she managed to escape through a second story window and call 911, the DA’s office stated.
After several months of investigation, authorities were able to identify Lutete as the possible assailant and charged him on Jan. 26. Lutete pleaded not guilty in that case and his bail was set at $75,000, the complaint indicates.
On Wednesday, Lutete allegedly kidnapped another woman off a busy street near Arcadia and drove her back to his home where he raped her over many hours, the release stated.
At some point, the victim was able to get the attention of a neighbor, who called sheriff deputies, the prosecutor said.
When authorities arrived, they broke down Lutete’s door and recovered the victim. Lutete escaped his home through a window but was later arrested.
If convicted as charged Lutete faced a maximum sentence of life in state prison.