A man who is out on parole for an attempted murder is now accused of abducting and then raping a teen girl as she was walking home from her Utah high school in broad daylight.
Creed Cole Lujan, 43, is accused of circling around several schools in the Salt Lake City area Monday, January 27, before honing in on one 15-year-old Hunter High School student in West Valley, a Salt Lake City suburb, KUTV in Salt Lake City reports.
He allegedly approached the girl as she left her school around 2:30 pm and forced her into his car by knifepoint. The teen told police he threatened to kill her if she didn’t comply and offered her pills he claimed would make her relax. He allegedly made her sit in the passenger seat with it all the way back so it was lying down before binding her arms and feet together with duct tape and putting duct tape over her mouth, according to a probable cause statement obtained by local outlet Deseret News.
Lujan allegedly threw the teen’s cell phone out of his car window during the abduction, Unified Police Department Public Information Officer Melody Gray told Oxygen.com. When the girl’s mother noticed that she hadn’t returned home from school at about 3:15 p.m., she tracked her daughter’s cell phone and distressingly found it in the middle of the road. Doorbell footage from the area showed the teen getting into a car, KUTV reports.
Meanwhile, Lujan had allegedly taken the victim to his home where he raped her. He is accused of documenting the assault with photos and video.
Gray told Oxygen.com that after the alleged assault, he brought up God.
"[The victim] said the man told her that he had cancer and that he hoped God will forgive him. [He] also claimed that he had never done anything like this before," a probable cause statement reads.
Lujan dropped the teen off back by her high school a few hours later where she was found "crying hysterically and running frantically through the area," according to the probable cause statement. Gray said she has been sent to a hospital for treatment and has since been released and is physically fine.
Footage has allegedly shown Lujan circling around several schools Monday. The victim said he was a stranger to her.
He has been charged with rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse of a child-stranger to victim, two counts of aggravated assault, distribute pornographic material, threat of violence, and tampering with evidence. It's not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
Lujan is no stranger to serious charges. He was convicted of attempted murder in 2008 and was released on parole in 2015.
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