LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mo. — A man accused of kidnapping and raping two women in a saga which crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and ended in a Higginsville motel is due to appear for a hearing in Lafayette County Wednesday morning.
According to KMZU News’ previous reporting, Jaciel Acdala Mendez-Morales was arrested along with two other men April 26 at the Super 8 Motel in Higginsville after police received a tip from the Department of Homeland Security about the suspects location.
A probable cause statement alleges that Mendez-Morales, along with his two co-conspirators, Alain Gaspar Camarillo-Linan and Luis Anger Sierra-Vallina kidnapped two women and held them against their will for ransom. The women were allegedly smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border before they were found in Lafayette County by Higginsville Police.
The victims told investigators that the men had also sexually assaulted and raped them on more than one occasion.
Mendez-Morales is slated to go before a judge for a hearing at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to face two felony counts for first degree kidnapping, aggravated rape in the first degree and first degree aggravated sodomy or attempted sodomy.
He is currently in custody at the Lafayette County Jail, held on $500,000 cash only bond.