Dallas police arrest two men in rape of SMU student



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Posted on December 10, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 10 at 8:16 AM

DALLAS — Detectives from the Dallas Police Department's Sexual Assault Unit charged two men late Wednesday night in the kidnapping and rape of an SMU student athlete.

Charges were announced at 9:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Police filed aggravated sexual assault charges against Arturo Arevalo and Alfonso Zuniga, both 28.

Police took them into custody late Tuesday afternoon, though investigators would not immediately reveal what led them to the men.

Arevalo and Zuniga are suspected of kidnapping and raping a petite SMU student athlete as she left an off-campus party with friends early Saturday morning, December 5.

DPD said charges are pending against a third suspect.

Investigators have asked that photos of the two men not be broadcast or published until the victim can view a lineup on Thursday.

Records show Arevalo and Zuniga are illegal immigrants.

They're being held on $500,000 bond at the Dallas County Jail.

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