MONROE, NC - On Friday, police arrested Luis Miguel Vail-Lopez, 20, for a particularly violent rape a few days earlier. Once in custody for the rape, another victim came forward and identified him as the man who attacked her, earlier this month.
On September 3, a woman was physically attacked on Patterson Street, which left her hospitalized with severe injuries, according to police.
Following the arrest, Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard stated:
This is a heinous crime. I am grateful to the officers and detectives, who through hard work and a detailed investigative process were able to get Mr. Vail-Lopez, a dangerous criminal, identified, charged, and arrested.
Vail-Lopez was charged with two counts of kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury and first-degree rape. He is currently being held on $350,000 bail, as well as an ICE detainer.
Investigators believe that Vail-Lopez may have more victims, if you have any information on this suspect, you are urged to contact the Monroe Police Department at 704-282-4700.
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