Seventh Person Arrested and Charged in Human Trafficking Case
Detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office were called to a motel on North Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles on March 21, 2019, in reference to the possible location of a runaway 14-year-old female. Detectives located the girl in a room, along with Mariah C. Miller, 24.
After being interviewed, detectives learned the female victim had been a victim of sex trafficking since January 2019. She told detectives she was beaten and forced to have sexual intercourse with a number of men. It was learned that Miller and an acquaintance of the victim, Kaleb A. Citizen, 21, 4254 5th Avenue, Lake Charles, and Darius P. Landry, 28, Lake Charles, who was the victim’s guardian and family member, were allegedly responsible for trafficking the girl.
Antonio D. Tompkins, 25, was identified as someone the girl was forced to have sex with. Jason D. Bryant, 19, 2530 Dewey Street, Tyler D. Lawson, 26, were both charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; and Kelly Johnson, Jr., 27, was charged with first-degree rape. All of the men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and given bonds.
According to a CPSO media release, further investigation has resulted in the arrest of another suspect, Mayur K. Patel, 39. Patel, who manages the motel, was also allegedly responsible for trafficking the victim for sex at the motel where she was found by detectives. Detectives also stated Patel had sexual intercourse with the victim.
On July 19, a warrant was signed for Patel’s arrest to be held with no bond for human trafficking and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile by Judge Michael Canaday. On July 26, he was located in Houston and extradited back to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and booked.
More arrests and charges are possible as the investigation continues.