Manual Antonio Alvarado-Espino, a 32-year-old El Salvador man, has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at Charlie Kang’s Restaurant in East Lansing. Police were dispatched to the restaurant, located at 127 E. Grand River Avenue, at about 10:50 p.m. on Sunday, November 4th after receiving a 911 call from an unknown woman pleading, “Charlie Kang’s, 127 E. Grand River, please come help me” according to news reports.
When officers arrived at the restaurant, they entered through a rear entrance door which was unlocked. Police said that upon entering the restaurant, they could hear a woman pleading for help in the bathroom, but that it was locked. However, police could get a glimpse through a crack in the frame of the bathroom door, and allegedly witnessed a woman who was partially unclothed and laying on the floor, a naked man standing over her.
News reports claim that both the victim, a 46-year-old woman, and Alvarado-Espino were employees at the restaurant. Upon gaining access into the bathroom, police arrested Alvarado-Espino who was charged with one count of unlawful imprisonment, one count of interfering with electronic communications, and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was arraigned on the charges before East Lansing District Judge Richard Ball on Tuesday.
If you have been charged with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, or CSC 1st degree, it is urgent that you seek the guidance and support of a skilled Michigan sex crimes defense attorney right away. This is the most serious of all Michigan sex offenses, and if convicted can mean a lengthy prison term or even life for the accused.
In cases such as this one where the accused and the alleged victim knew each other and worked together, it’s often hard to determine if there are underlying circumstances, such as a flirtation or perhaps even a relationship. While the alleged perpetrator in this case may be guilty, there are many situations where innocent individuals spend years behind bars.
Do not hesitate to consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crimes lawyer if you have been arrested for any sex-related offense.