Guilty Plea In Kidnap, Rape Of UTA Student

Andrew Greenstein
May 06, 2019 - 5:17 pm

Tarrant County Jail

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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - An Arlington man has pleaded guilty in connection with the kidnapping and rape of a UT Arlington student from in front of her apartment building.

Last June, Joel Mambe, 21, kidnapped a woman as she returned home to the Midtown Apartments on UTA Blvd.

He forced the woman to withdraw money from ATMs and raped her before running off.

At the time of the kidnapping, the gate was left open after a vehicle crashed into it.

Mambe pleaded guilty last month to three charges — aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.

A pre-sentencing investigation is underway, and Mambe will be sentenced in July.

In the meantime, he remains behind bars in the Tarrant County Jail.