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Calif. man accused of undressing and locking an employee in a box

Robert Yachen Lee
KCBS
Robert Yachen Lee
KCBS

(CBS/KCBS/AP) ALHAMBRA, Calif. - The owner of a Southern California yogurt shop was charged on Friday with kidnapping to commit rape and attempted murder after allegedly attacking an employee, removing her clothes, binding her with tape and locking her in a box in a soundproof room.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Robert Yachen Lee, reportedly the owner of "O My Yogurt," lured the woman into an upstairs storage room at the Monterey Park shop and then attacked her. The woman blacked out and when she awoke she was naked, except for an adult diaper. The woman had been bound with tape, had a collar around her neck and was lying face down in a box that had been placed in a soundproofed storage room.

The woman managed to escape her restraints and free herself from the box, prosecutors say.

She then went to a nearby optometry office and asked for police to be called, according to CBS affiliate KCBS. Lee was reportedly arrested the same day around noon.

He is now  being held on $10 million bail.