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The charges against Joel Arnold, who is accused of locking the 17-year-old girl in the Cypress archives and repeatedly raping her

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) – UPDATE: The 34-year-old man is accused of locking a 17-year-old girl in a warehouse for several days in “unresolvable” conditions. According to the district attorney’s office, the girl, who was repeatedly raped while in captivity, has requested that the charges be dropped.

Joel Micah Arnold has faced three counts, including kidnapping, sexual assault and trafficking a child.

“When prosecutors confronted the witness who did not match her earlier statements, she asked that the case not proceed,” said Dane Schiller, a spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. trial; she will not testify”.

The introductory video above is from an earlier report.

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The Harris County District 1 Council Office initially said the teen was kept in storage in the Cypress area for five days. Investigators said he would leave and return at various points over a five-day period late last month.

Authorities said Arnold showed the teen a gun, injected her with drugs and sexually assaulted her.

Alan Rosen said Arnold used to live near the victim and knew her.

During his April court appearance, prosecutors accused Arnold of threatening to harm the victim’s 14-year-old sister on March 27 if she did not go with him. They gathered at FM 529’s storage facility in 19100, where she was detained for the next five days.

During that time in captivity, the teenager was raped more than once, and at one point Arnold allegedly tried to force her to perform oral sex after he discovered she had a cell phone was placed in the room, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, Arnold also kept a gun in the unit, which led to the girl locating bullets, hiding them and then holding them in her hand. Those bullets were used as evidence, court filings reveal.

It was not until April 1 that Arnold told the girl to leave the unit. Prosecutors said he directed her to walk along the fence until she reached a nearby convenience store, where she flagged law enforcement.

The victim selected Arnold in a squad, and he was arrested on April 13.

Reviewing the victim’s statements, investigators went to the storage unit, where they found syringes and condoms filled with urine. Prosecutors called the apartment “unlivable,” with no windows or running water. The girl told them she had to use a bucket to use the toilet.

The judge kept Arnold’s bond at $300,000 after his attorney asked for it to be lowered.

The judge also set binding conditions, barring him from holding any firearms; random test subjects for drugs and alcohol; ordered him to be placed under house arrest, if he applied for a bond; and forbid him from coming into contact with the victim or anyone who knew her.

Arnold has no criminal record in Texas.

On Thursday, Rosen told ABC13 that authorities found several other people’s checks, driver’s licenses and credit cards when they arrested Arnold, suggesting there may be other victims.

Witness News learned on Friday that Rosen’s Precinct 1 had received calls from other possible victims, suggesting Arnold may have assaulted them. The sheriff’s office said investigations were underway.

Anyone with information about Arnold or other victims is urged to contact Precinct 1’s human trafficking hotline at 832-927-1650.

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