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Man sentenced to 25 years for his role in Lafayette kidnapping and rape case

The woman said Dustin Day pulled out a gun and forced her to drive to several locations.

Posted: Nov 20, 2019 6:19 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Peru man is heading to prison for 25 years for his part in a kidnapping and rape. Dustin Day was sentenced Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Day and Michael Pugh approached a woman outside her Lafayette apartment near 18th Street and Summertime Trail in August 2018. The two men allegedly forced her at knifepoint to drive to the Walmart on Veterans Memorial Parkway. Then, Pugh left.

The woman said Day pulled out a gun and forced her to drive to several locations. Day forced her to drive a rural Cass County road and then he raped her. The woman said she was held against her will for 17 hours.

Day was arrested two months later in North Carolina. 

Pugh is currently in the Tippecanoe County Jail, facing charges of kidnapping, criminal confinement and intimidation.

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