A lady kidnapped in Clarksville was taken to a hotel in Louisiana, where she was beaten, raped and held against her will until she got access to her aggressor’s telephone and sent an instant message to her sister, leading Slidell (La.) Police to save her.
Sgt. Daniel M. Seuzeneau of the Slidell Police Department said the instant message sent to the victim’s sister Saturday said the victim did not know where she was but rather that she was being held against her will in a hotel some place close to New Orleans. That text permitted police to track the telephone’s area to a hotel, where the casualty was liberated from the “terrifying ordeal.”
Seuzeneau said the lady was kidnapped from Clarksville, and authorities here had identified Lee Meadows, 34, of Clarksville as a suspect. He had recently been discharged from prison on domestic abuse-related charges. He is accused of kidnapping, raping and beating the woman and holding her captive at the hotel.
“Slidell Police swarmed the hotel in which the victim was being held hostage and breached the entryway of the hotel room after Mr. Meadows declined to answer the door,” Seuzeneau said. “At the point when officers got entrance to the room, they discovered the victim gravely beaten and needing medical atention. Mr. Meadows surrendered without incident and was placed under arrest. The victim was brought to a local hospital to be treated for multiple injuries, including broken bones. Slidell Police investigators then began to debrief the victim about her terrifying ordeal.”
The victim told police she was taken without wanting to Louisiana on the grounds that Meadows needed to escape from the state because of pending criminal charges, Seuzeneau said.
Meadows professedly has friends in the New Orleans zone, which was the reason he chose to go to Louisiana, police say.
“Throughout the ordeal, Mr. Meadows took all of the victim’s belongings, including her cell phone, so she couldn’t contact anyone,” Seuzeneau said. “After arriving in Slidell, Mr. Meadows checked into a local hotel then continuously beat, strangled, and raped the victim. The victim, not knowing where she was at, was able to send a text message for help to her sister, indicating she was somewhere outside of New Orleans. Authorities in Tennessee were able to obtain the location in which the text message was sent, which ultimately led Slidell Police to the hotel.”
Seuzeneau said the victim got access to a phone when Meadows briefly left the room.
Meadows was booked at the Slidell City Jail and charged with battery by strangulation, second-degree battery, false imprisonment and forcible rape. Meadows was later transferred to the St. Tammany Parish (La.) Jail.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith praised the victim and police in Clarksville.
“Had it not been for the determination of the victim to survive, and the swift actions by Tennessee authorities and the officers at the Slidell Police Department, we could easily be working a homicide right now,” Smith said. “Hopefully our criminal justice system will put Mr. Meadows away for a long time to where he won’t be able to hurt anyone ever again.”
Meadows had not yet been charged with kidnapping because that allegedly happened in Clarksville and not in the jurisdiction where he was arrested, Seuzeneau said.
Montgomery County court records indicate Meadows has faced a number of domestic assault charges and contempt of court charges in the past year. He was charged with aggravated domestic assault in October and November. Those cases were bound over to a grand jury.