CHICAGO (CBS) — The FBI on Wednesday was asking for assist in discovering potential victims and details about two truck drivers – certainly one of them from Chicago – who’re accused of kidnapping ladies and demanding ransom for his or her launch.
In addition they tried to make the ladies work as prostitutes, authorities allege.
As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, the federal prices learn like a horrible film script – truckers driving up and down the interstate and abducting beating, and assaulting ladies – after which demanding ransom from their households.
One of many truckers is from the Chicago space, and the feds concern there may very well be many extra victims of the trucking duo.
You may’t hop on the interstate and keep away from truckers. They’re normally the primary to see one thing or say one thing when issues go mistaken. But the feds say these two truckers did extra than simply drive the freeway.
Brian Summerson, 25, and Pierre Washington, 35, have each been arrested within the case and have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Memphis, Tennessee.
Summerson, of Dillon, South Carolina, was arrested in Daytona Seashore, Florida on prices of battery inflicting bodily hurt, false imprisonment, and tampering with a witness calling 911. Summerson is an over-the-road trucker with a major route on Interstate 95 from New Jersey to Miami, however who additionally travels to Chicago and to Kansas Metropolis, Missouri.
He claims his title is Von or Vaughn when assembly victims, the FBI stated.
Washington is from Chicago and was arrested within the metropolis in March by the FBI. He owns a trucking firm referred to as God Acquired Me LLC and can be an over-the-road trucker with an unknown route, the FBI stated.
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A grand jury indictment handed down March 25 stated Summerson held ladies in opposition to their will, bodily assaulting them and typically transporting throughout state strains as he coerced them to work as prostitutes underneath Washington.
If a lady wouldn’t work as a prostitute, Summerson would attempt to extort cash for her return, utilizing the telephone or the web to make ransom calls for, the indictment stated.
Washington’s God Acquired Me trucking firm relies out of Palatine. Its web site was nonetheless up and working as of Wednesday night time, however the firm’s handle hyperlinks again to an condominium advanced within the northwest suburbs.
Court docket data reveal Washington stays there along with his household.
The defendants are thought-about over-the-road truckers, who drive lengthy distances. That leaves investigators to fret.
They are saying Washington’s route modified always, and so they don’t know what number of different ladies he might have victimized alongside the way in which.
The FBI remains to be investigating, and stated its investigation has revealed photographs, movies, and texts of further ladies on Summerson’s digital gadgets and accounts.
Whereas the costs in opposition to the 2 truckers had been file din Tennessee, Washington appeared nearly at a detention listening to on the Dirksen Federal Courthouse earlier than being launched on house detention.
Anybody with info on the case, or who could also be a sufferer or might have been affected by the crimes is requested to electronic mail firstname.lastname@example.org so an investigator can contact them.