A man who authorities said kidnapped a Tennessee woman, brought her to Slidell and checked into a motel where he beat, raped and choked her was arrested Saturday after Slidell police got a call from the woman’s sister, who said the victim had sent her a frantic text message pleading for help.
A Slidell Police Department spokesman said the call came in Saturday evening. After checking with Tennessee authorities, Slidell police learned that Lee Meadows, 34, of Clarksville, Tennessee, was a suspect in the woman’s kidnapping.
Meadows had recently been released from jail on domestic-abuse-related charges and had other charges pending, according to Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau, of the Slidell department.
The victim’s name has not been released.
Meadows wanted to get out of Tennessee because of the pending charges, so he brought the woman to Slidell, where he had friends living nearby, Seuzeneau said. Once he arrived in Slidell, he checked into the motel, where the abuse continued, Seuzeneau said.
Meadows had taken the victim’s cellphone, but she was able to get it and send a text message to her sister, who contacted police. Police then tracked the text to Slidell.
After getting the call, Slidell police went to the motel, where Meadows refused to answer the door. When officers broke in, they found the victim suffering from several injuries, including broken bones. Meadows was arrested without incident.
The victim was treated at a local hospital and released.
Meadows was booked into Slidell City Jail on counts of battery by strangulation, second-degree battery, false imprisonment and forcible rape. He has been transferred to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
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