BEAUMONT September 6, 2018 - A 21-year-old Mexican national living in Liberty, Texas, has been indicted and charged with federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Juan Carlos Saucedo-Meza was indicted by a federal grand jury today and charged with kidnapping.
According to information presented in court, beginning on Aug. 24, to Aug. 25, 2018, Saucedo-Meza is alleged to have kidnapped a woman from Liberty, Texas and transported her to Lake Charles, LA, against her will. In connection with this incident, Saucedo-Meza is facing charges of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping in Jefferson County, Texas; aggravated kidnapping in Liberty County, Texas; and 2nd degree kidnapping in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.
If convicted, Saucedo-Meza faces up to life in federal prison.
This case is being investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the Lake Charles Police Department, and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.
It is important to note that a complaint, arrest, or indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.