LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – An admitted Memphis rapist who disappeared after failing to appear in court was taken into custody in Alabama on Wednesday after receiving a tip from a missing Eureka Springs woman who was thought to be with him.
CBS affiliate WREG reports that Kelvin Montgomery is being held in Baldwin County Alabama.
In January, the family of Eureka Springs woman, Shastah Naumann, said they believed she was with Kelvin Montgomery and might be in danger. Naumann was last seen in August 2016.
On Wednesday night, one of Naumann's family members contacted the Eureka Springs Police Department after receiving a phone call from Naumann, according to a department press release. Shastah Naumann gave her relative her location in Alabama, which was relayed to police.
Eureka Springs officers contacted the Orange Beach Police Department, who went to Barber Marina and found Naumann and took her into protective custody. According to CBS affiliate 5NEWS, officers searched the area and found Montgomery, who was arrested on multiple warrants.
Montgomery was accused of beating and raping a woman in a Memphis home in June 2014. The woman who was assaulted by Montgomery said she still fears for her life.
She said Montgomery drugged her drink after meeting her at a bar. He then took her to a home in East Memphis where he beat and raped her. She got away by playing dead and waiting for him to fall asleep.
Authorities in Alabama said Naumann is physically okay, and she'll remain in protective custody until her family from Arkansas picks her up.
It's unclear when Montgomery will be brought back to Shelby County.
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