The Taos Police Department have charged a Taos Pueblo man with allegedly raping and trying to kill a woman in her home in Weimer.
Lt. David Maggio told The Taos News Monday (Dec. 19) that police were keeping the case quiet until 47-year-old Wally Lujan left tribal lands to be arrested.
Maggio said Lujan was a tribal member and officers worked with tribal authorities to collect Lujan’s phone, which the victim told police contained inappropriate pictures Lujan took of her.
“She waited before reporting it and she wasn’t really cooperative at first,” Maggio said. “We were able to convince her to report and it took a little while to collect evidence.”
Lujan is charged with attempted murder, criminal sexual penetration, assault with intent to commit a felony, aggravated battery, false imprisonment, fraud and larceny.
According to the affidavit for the arrest warrant filed in Taos Magistrate Court, the victim told police she’d known Lujan as an acquaintance for a couple of years when he came to her home in Weimer the night of Nov. 17 and they began drinking.
The victim told police that she went to bed later that evening and woke to Lujan raping her. The situation then escalated, the victim said, when Lujan told her she’d “told him to,” which she denied to authorities. The victim said that Lujan then began beating her and choking her while holding a knife to her throat.
The victim also alleged that Lujan then stayed put, not allowing her to make phone calls or to leave the apartment for any reason — at one point even following her to the on-site laundry facility to collect her laundry.
The victim said that she was able to escape to a neighbor’s house when Lujan fell asleep, but that when she returned some hours later, Lujan was still there, so she crawled back into her bed via a window.
When she refused to have sex with Lujan again, the victim said, he left and she later discovered the knife on a shelf and that two checks were missing from her checkbook.
She told police she initially only reported the theft of the checks and not the alleged rape because she was concerned about possible retaliation.
Lujan is being held on $85,000 cash-only bond and his case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday (Dec. 22).