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Man Charged With Violent Kidnapping And Rape May Have Other Victims

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Police are looking for any additional victims of a man who kidnapped and raped a woman while out on bail for a similar assault.Philippe Lutete, 29, was arrested after he allegedly kidnapped and raped a 25-year-old woman in Arcadia early Wednesday morning. At the time of kidnapping, Lutete was actually out on bail for a November 26 incident for which he was charged with sexual battery by restraint and false imprisonment, KTLA reports. He was released on a $75,000 bail on January 29. Investigators are looking anyone else Lutete may have attacked.

Lutette allegedly kidnapped the woman at about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning when she was walking near a gas station at Longden Avenue and Peck Road. Police say he forced the woman into his car and took her to his home where he raped her "continuously" for 11 hours. Eventually, the woman was able to escape and signal to a neighbor for help before Lutete again dragged her back into his house. The neighbor called 9-1-1 and police showed up at about 2 p.m. and rescued the woman. Lutete escaped by jumping out a window, but was found and arrested several hours later while hiding in the backyard of a home.

Neighbors told KTLA that they'd had a bad feeling about Lutete for a long time. One neighbor said that he had pulled a knife on another neighbor, and a woman said that she had told her kids to stay away from him.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff's Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273.