victim's car stolen

Police say the suspect stole the victim's vehicle. It was found Friday morning off Hickory Hollow Place. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)

ANTIOCH, TN (WSMV) - Police have identified the teenager arrested in connection with the burglary and rape that happened late Wednesday afternoon at an Antioch apartment complex.

According to police, the pregnant victim jumped out of a third floor window to escape her attacker at The Overlook Apartment Homes on Bell Road. She suffered serious injuries and is still in the hospital.

Metro Nashville Police Department officials tweeted Tuesday that the suspect, Dantis Lakka-Lako, who turned 17 Tuesday, has been arrested.

Police said the suspect stole the victim's car, a dark green Toyota Camry. Video of the suspect leaving in the vehicle can be seen here.

The car was found by police Friday morning at the Hickory Trace Apartments on Hickory Hollow Place. Police said residents in the area noticed the vehicle and called authorities. Lakka-Lako lives in that apartment complex.

Police say they forensically analyzed the vehicle and connected Lakka-Lako to the crimes. He was arrested after making statements in an interview with lead detective Kim Rothwell. Lakka-Lako is charged with aggravated rape, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.

Authorities also say that a person matching the suspect's description used the victim's stolen credit card four times at a convenience store on Bell Road in the days following the rape and burglary.

The incident left residents in the area disturbed.

"I hope they catch the guy. I hope the baby is alright. I hope she doesn't have any ongoing trauma from it," said Sam Solvino.

He isn't taking any chances with his family members.

"I always walk her to and from the bus to make sure nothing happens to her," Solvino said about his daughter.

According to police, the victim returned to her apartment just after 4 p.m. Wednesday. Police believe Lakka-Lako entered the victim's apartment while she made a second trip to her car to get groceries.

Once inside the apartment, the victim decided to lay down in her bedroom. The suspect took a knife from the victim's kitchen and entered the bedroom. He told the woman not to run, stole the belongings from her purse and then raped her.

The victim was able to hit the attacker over the head with a bottle. Police said the suspect left the room after that. The victim then used the knife to cut through the screen on her window before she jumped out.

Women in the area are also on edge.

"That could have been me. That could have been my daughter. That could have been my sister," said a neighbor who didn't want to be identified.

News4 spoke with a 13-year-old boy who called 911 after the woman jumped from her window. He told News4 the that the woman and her husband moved in just one day before the attack.

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