Alleged Sexual Assault Suspect Caught, Victim Opens Up


After months on the run, police catch an accused rapist. But today, for the first time, the alleged victim breaks her silence after living in fear for months.

It's an experience that is difficult to talk about.

"I don't deserve this, nobody deserves this," said La Tonya Jones, victim.

Jones tells WOWT Six News, after enduring a rape and long standing run of domestic violence, she is finally free of a controlling relationship.

"He was like if I can't have you, nobody else can," said Jones.

Everyday has been lived in fear, that is until a phone call from WOWT Six News, informing her that her alleged aggressor was finally in police custody.

After months on the run, Manuel Morgado-Luna was arrested on November 8th during a traffic stop.

"I was, I thought I was going to be dead," as she recalls the day of the rape.

She said on April 4th, 2013 at a gas station, Morgado-Luna snuck up on her and grabbed her.

"It was so quick, next thing I know my head is hit up against the windshield," said Jones.

She tells WOWT she plead with him to let her go. His response she said, "He's like, no, no mas, no more Lalilta, no casa, no job, only me."

She said he drover around until he found a spot to park. Then she said, he began to strangle her. She said at that point, she tried to scream, and then she said he raped her.

The memory brings tears.

After the violent rape, and a report made to police, Morgado-Luna got away.

But he wasn't gone, Jones said he found her again in July. WOWT Six News dug up a Council Bluffs police report outlining another terrifying day. This time he and another allegedly forced her into a car, then drove from Omaha to Council Bluffs. Along the way, he continued to beat Jones. Fortunately, police were nearby. Jones remembers his last words to her.

"You called the policia, and I was like no, people who love me called the police. And he said, oh you are dead now," said Jones.

When police reached Jones, Morgado-Luna escaped again. Jones said he disappeared into the woods.

Tonight, Morgado-Luna is at Douglas County Corrections. This news brings Jones mixed emotions.

"I am relived, but I am scared," said Jones.

She said she will always be glancing over her shoulder. Helping her is the Women's Center for Advancement. Jones said she is receiving counseling.


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