The SMU Police Department arrested three men around 6:00 a.m. Tuesday in front of Owen Arts Center on Bishop Boulevard. The men were stopped after someone reported that they were driving erratically then were held until Dallas Police arrived.
Police observed a juvenile female exit the van, alleging that the men sexually assaulted her earlier in the city of Dallas, off the SMU campus.
She was transported to a local hospital for treatment and released to her family. As a result of Dallas Police Department’s investigation, the suspects are being charged with aggravated kidnapping and holds for homeland security investigation.
The suspects have been identified as Braulio Valencia-Hernandez, 35, Antonio Hernandez-Cabrera, 36, and Rogelio Bedolla-Munoz, 57.
At around 4:30 a.m., the 15-year-old victim was walking from one family member’s home on McMillan Avenue to another family member’s home on East Side Avenue. Somewhere along the route, the suspect driving the van offered her a ride. When she accepted and entered the van, she saw the two other men for the first time.
The suspects drove past East Side Avenue and when the victim protested, they began to physically and sexually assault her continuing to drive throughout East and South Dallas.
Neither the victim nor the three suspects are affiliated with SMU, according to police. They believe this offense is unrelated to the criminal assault of a female SMU student that occurred on Sept. 7.
Bishop Boulevard was closed for more than an hour this morning due to the incident.