CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Beaten and raped and her cellphone taken away, a woman who was kidnapped in Tennessee was able to finally get access to a phone and send a text message to her sister, giving police an electronic trail to the Louisiana hotel where she was being held.
Multiple news media outlets report 34-year-old Lee Meadows of Clarksville, Tennessee, was arrested Saturday and charged with battery by strangulation, second-degree battery, false imprisonment and forcible rape. He is being held at the St. Tammany Parish Jail in Louisiana.
Slidell, Louisiana, police say when the attacker briefly left the room, the woman got a phone and sent a text to her sister indicating she was being held near New Orleans.
Police said Tennessee authorities were able to trace the text, leading officers to the hotel.
This story has been corrected to show that police say they don't know whose cellphone the woman texted from.