SLIDELL, La. (WGNO) – A man who was recently released from prison on domestic abuse charges is accused of kidnapping a woman in Tennessee and driving to Louisiana where he beat and raped her, the Slidell police say.
On Saturday, July 6, a woman call dispatchers claiming that her sister had been kidnapped and was being held against her will at a hotel in Slidell. Tennessee police determined that 34-year-old Lee Medows from Clarksville, Tennessee, was a suspect in the kidnapping of a woman.
The Slidell Police Department surrounded the hotel where the girl was being held and knock in the door. The Slidell Police Department states, “when officers gained access to the room, they found the victim badly beaten and in need of medical attention. Meadows surrendered without incident and was placed under arrest.” When the victim arrived at a hospital, she had multiple injuries including several broken bones. The victim then told police about her awful experience.
The victim said she was taken against her own will in Tennessee and brought all the way to Louisiana. The reason being that Meadows was fleeing Tennessee to get away from his pending criminal charges. Meadows allegedly had friends in the New Orleans area. Meadows reportedly checked into the hotel and then beat, strangled, and raped the victim. Meadows had also taken all of the victim’s personal items, including her cell phone to prevent her from contacting anyone. The Slidell Police Department says that the victim was able to send a text message to her sister, which was how the authorities in Tennessee were able to obtain the location of the victim, leading the Slidell Police to the hotel.
The Slidell Police Department reports that Meadows was booked at the Slidell City Jail and charged with: battery by strangulation, second-degree battery, false imprisonment, and forcible rape. Meadows has since been transferred to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said, “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. 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.”