Man arrested for rape, aggravated assault after abduction of student in West Valley City | #childabductors

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) – The man accused of abducting a Hunter High School student in West Valley City has been identified as 44-year-old Creed Cole Lujan.

A probable cause statement revealed Tuesday that he was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on multiple felony charges, including: rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse of a child-stranger to victim, two counts of aggravated assault, distribute pornographic material, threat of violence and tampering with evidence.

The teen’s mother contacted police to report her daughter missing on Monday after she didn’t make it home from school.

Police tracked the 15 year old’s phone to the area of 3618 S. 6470 W.

Officers found the electronic device in the road, but the girl was not there.

Records indicate a neighbor’s doorbell camera captured the girl walking home from school at 2:20 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up next to her. The driver, who police later identified as Lujan, was seen talking to the student. Video footage shows the girl getting into the vehicle and it driving away.

Two hours later, the 15 year old was found “crying hysterically and running frantically through the area,” according to the probable cause statement.

The girl told police that Lujan waved to her in passing, but she didn’t know him. He then pulled the vehicle over and began acting like he was moving a box from the floor of the car into the back seat. He allegedly brandished a knife and threatened to kill her if she didn’t get into the vehicle.

When she got inside, Lujan reportedly made her get down and duct taped her hands, mouth and feet. He offered her three capsules, saying they would “relax her.”

The 44-year-old man then took the teen to his house, and photographed, videoed and raped her, police records state. After, Lujan told the girl to clean off in the bathroom.

“[The girl] said the man told her that he had cancer and that he hoped God will forgive him. [She] also claimed that he had never done anything like this before,” the probable cause statement reads.

Lujan then dropped the 15 year old off near Hunter High School. Police arrested Lujan later that night after discovering physical evidence that corroborated the student’s story.

Police say Lujan’s car was seen on camera circling area schools before Monday’s kidnapping.

“This incident occurred off school property, but we wanted to alert parents so families can take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of children,” Granite School District stated in a Facebook post Monday.

District Spokesperson Ben Horsley told 2News that grief counselors will be made available to students.

Court records show Lujan was convicted of attempted murder in 2008. He was sentenced to 3-years-to-life in prison.

2News reporter Jeremy Harris discovered Lujan was granted parole for his conviction in 2015, Board of Pardon and Parole records indicate.


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