‘I want to kill you now’: Man accused of kidnapping, threatening woman after giving her $260K

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An Orange County woman jumped out of a moving truck to escape a man she said kidnapped and threatened to rape her last week, according to an arrest warrant.

She told deputies the man, identified as Dantao Lu, 38, had given her $260,000 that she used to invest in stocks between May 2020 and February 2021.

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According to the arrest affidavit, Lu originally said the woman didn’t have to pay him back, but recently threatened to kill the woman and her husband if she didn’t pay him back or have sex with him.

According to the affidavit, the woman told deputies Lu showed up at her home on Dec. 2 and coaxed her to talk to him after he said he wouldn’t hurt her. The woman told deputies when she approached him, Lu grabbed her by the hair and began to beat her.

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“I want to kill you now,” the woman said Lu told her as he squeezed her neck until she could not breathe.

The woman told deputies he let go before she blacked out, then shoved her into his pickup truck and held her arm while driving so she couldn’t escape.

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According to the affidavit, the woman opened the door and jumped out of the moving truck when she saw a marked patrol car conducting a traffic stop nearby and was able to call for help.

Deputies said Lu is charged with kidnapping and attempted sexual battery, and is being held without bond.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.