WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update: August 27, 2018
Police say "proactive enforcement efforts" to target prostitution and human trafficking late last week netted several arrests.
Four people were arrested on South Webb Road, two 26-year-old females and an 18-year-old female were arrested on charges of promoting sexual relations, and a 48-year-old who was arrested on warrants.
Police say no victims were found at that address. The four people arrested came there from Salina.
Officers arrested a 25-year-old male and a 20-year-old female at a home near 29th and Maize Road. A 15-year-old girl was with them at the time, Wichita police say she is a runaway from a small town in Kansas.
The 15-year-old from that case also led police to a home in the 2300 block of S. St. Claire. She told police that the house was involved in human trafficking and drugs. When police got there, they knew the front door was fortified with a metal bar and wood, so the SWAT Team used explosives to get through.
Four people were arrested in that home, but only two of them were booked into jail. They're identified as 36-year-old Stephen James, who was booked on five charges of rape and aggravated human trafficking and drug charges, and his son, 19-year-old Donnell Marquez Derrea James, who was booked on aggravated human trafficking and firearms charges.
In a separate incident, police arrested a 53-year-old woman in the 800 block of S. Broadway. Dorris Davenport was booked on one count of sale of sexual relations.
Wichita Police officials say they conduct these operations about once per quarter, but would do them once a week if they had the resources.
Police say businesses, where some of the arrests took place, have worked with them to help in the fight against human trafficking.
Police also praised the 15-year-old for having the courage and strength to work with them in finding the second location.
Police say many of the victims are runaways and urge the public to call police if they see anything suspicious.
The Wichita Police Department now says it's arrested seven people for sex-related crimes, "stemming from a partnership with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, FBI and Homeland Security Investigations."
The effort also led a teen's rescue from sex trafficking.
Through the investigation, Wichita police say officers contacted a 15-year-old sex-trafficking victim in the area of 29th and Maize Road and arrested a 25-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman.
Police booked the man into the Sedgwick County Jail for possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics, possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated human trafficking. Police booked the woman into jail for aggravated human trafficking.
Police identify the two arrested in northwest Wichita as James Sexton and Kelly Holt.
Police say investigators were led to a south Wichita home in the 2400 block of South St. Clair where the WPD SWAT team assisted in the execution of a search warrant.
At that home, police say four people were taken into custody, two of them booked into jail. Police booked a 37-year-old man into jail on five counts of rape, aggravated human trafficking and unlawful sale of narcotics. Police say a 19-year-old man was booked into the jail on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated human trafficking.
Police say two others at the home were interviewed and released.
Investigations between Wichita police, the sheriff's office and federal partners netted three more arrests in the 400 block of South Webb Road.
Police say a 26-year-old woman was arrested and booked on possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and promoting the sale of sexual relations. Another 26-year-old woman was arrested and booked on possession of marijuana, promoting the sale of sexual relations and an outstanding warrant.
Police say an 18-year-old woman in the 400 block of Webb Road was arrested and booked for the sale of sexual relations.
In southeast Wichita, police also arrested a 48-year-old man for an outstanding warrant. This arrest marks eight overall, but unlike the other seven, was not for sex crimes.
Police identify the three arrested for sex crimes at the Webb Road address as Amaria Kiner, Brandi McDaniels and Heather Leann Norell.
Police arrested six people and rescued a 15-year-old girl in a child sex trafficking operation in southwest Wichita.
Wichita police and federal officials executed a search warrant for a home near Pawnee and St Clair shortly before 7:20 a.m. Friday morning.
Officers made contact with a 15-year-old girl who led them to a home in the 2400 block of South St. Clair.
Six people were taken into custody for child sex crimes.
Police say two others are already booked in the Sedgwick County Jail.
Friday, August 24, 2018
Wichita police are on the scene of a SWAT situation in southwest Wichita, according to KFDI News.
The incident started at an area near Pawnee and St Clair shortly before 7:20 a.m. Friday morning.
Officer Charley Davidson says officers are serving a search warrant and they'll provide more information soon.
Eyewitness News is headed to the scene to learn more about the situation. Expects updates on-air and online.