SPOKANE-- The four individuals arrested in connection with what the Spokane County Sheriff's Office called the first reported case of human trafficking in Spokane County, have been released after no charges were filed.
The Sheriff's Office said Christopher Foster, Shannell Haddon, Lawrence Johnson and Dina Tellez were arrested last week during a SWAT raid in Spokane Valley on East Nora.
No charges have been filed yet according to the prosecutor’s office and all four were released from jail Tuesday. It’s not clear if charges will be filed in the future.
The suspects’ bond was set last week at $20,000 for Johnson, $150,000 for Haddon, $10,000 for Tellez and $150,000 for Foster.
According to the search warrant, the victim told deputies she had been forced to perform sexual acts and held against her will for more than a year. The victim reported she was last raped on May 21. She escaped on May 22.
The victim told deputies she was brought to at least six hotels in Spokane Valley and told to perform sexual acts. Arrangements were allegedly made through online sites including Craigslist Backpage.
The victim said that the leader of the group of captives was a 60-year-old man called Spade. The victim said Spade owned five houses she was taken between. She said all of the homes were involved in meth manufacturing. The home located on Nora was the main location where she lived and stayed. The victim said Spade received all of the money from her forced sex acts.
The victim said Shanell, Diana, Lawrence, and Chris all drove her to the hotels and gave her direction on what sexual acts to perform.
She also claimed she was forced to do methamphetamine. According to the search warrant the trafficking victim reported being beaten and burned with a pipe when she refused to smoke meth. The victim also told deputies she was forced to clean herself with bleach after each sex act.
According to the search warrant, the victim told deputies her former boyfriend, Marcus Allen Schur, tried to help her and protect her. She said Marcus was murdered in Whitman County and she believes the people that held her captive were involved. Schur's body was found near Bonnie Lake earlier this year.
The Whitman County Sheriff has spoken to Spokane County Sheriff Office. Sheriff Brett Myers says he is confident that there is no connection between this case to Marcus Schur’s murder. He says it looks like the trafficking victim and Marcus dated years ago. He said Marcus’ killers are in custody in Whitman County and have zero connection to the Spokane case.
KREM 2 News also spoke with Marcus’ mother Grace. She was unaware of the situation.
The victim also said she saw four or five young girls in the basement of the house on Nora earlier this week. She thought they were about 18-years-old. She said that there was a dead bolt lock on the door at the top of the basement stairs on the outside of the door. She saw the girls from the stairway to the basement.
Deputies first had contact with victim on March 31, and a police report was started. Deputies say the victim was picked up by deputies on March 31 after screaming for 911 on East Sprague. Deputies say they found the victim in a coat and a negligee type top. Deputies said she looked unkempt, and did not appear to be in a normal physical state. She had a two year old boy with her who she identified as her son.
The woman said she had been dating a man named Trevor Franklin for several months and he had basically been holding her captive. He had been trying to get her addicted to methamphetamine. A day earlier she had refused to take meth and says Franklin burned her leg badly.
The victim told deputies Trevor had been forcing her to prostitute to pay for hotel rooms and meth. Trevor also had another woman ‘working’ for him. Trevor is currently in jail for assaulting her.
The Spokane Sheriff’s Office say that so far, everything the victim has said has been supported with evidence.