[UPDATE With Info From Sheriff’s Office] Miranda Man Arrested for Kidnapping and Rape
Yesterday, at 12:30 p.m., Thomas Leonard Lusk of Miranda was arrested for kidnapping and rape. (See previous story as a helicopter, K-9 unit and large law enforcement presence were used to arrest him and look for evidence in the assault here.)
Scanner traffic at approximately 8 p.m. on Monday, July 6 indicates that a woman reported being kidnapped, assaulted and raped that day.
Lusk was previously arrested in June of 2011 for shooting at a 23-year-old Eureka man near the Miranda Bridge. Reportedly, the man had confronted Lusk about abusing a dog. Lusk had left but allegedly returned with a firearm and shot at him. When arrested, deputies said Lusk kicked and damaged two different patrol cars.
UPDATE 9:52 p.m.:
Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On Monday, 07/06/2015, at about 8:15 PM, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was dispatched to CA Highway 254 just north of Phillipsville to contact a California Highway Patrol Officer who was standing by with the victim of an alleged sexual assault.
The 31 year old female victim reported that she met Thomas Leonard Lusk Jr., age 34 years, about three days [earlier] near Miranda, CA. She was waiting for the bus to continue her travels. Lusk told her the bus wouldn’t be arriving for several hours and he suggested she wait at his residence. The victim thought this was a good idea and she went with Lusk to his residence in Miranda.
Lusk and the victim were at his residence for several hours conversing. When the victim questioned Lusk about the bus, he became angry and started beating her with his fists and threatened to kill her. Lusk kept the victim captive, by force and fear, in his residence for the next three days where he sexually assaulted her repeatedly. On the third day Lusk left the victim alone and she was able to escape through a bedroom window. She ran to the highway where she encountered a subject in a parked car making a phone call. She jumped in the car, told the subject she had been sexually assaulted, and requested a ride to the hospital. The driver started toward the hospital and encountered the CHP officer who notified the Sheriff’s Office of the assault.
On Wednesday, 07/08/2015, Lusk was arrested at his residence where a search warrant was served. Lusk was arrested and charged with rape through force and violence, sexual battery, oral copulation through force or fear, sexual penetration through force or fear, criminal threats, and false imprisonment.