STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Police: Two arrested at Medford motel, suspected of sex-trafficking

Officers were looking for a 15-year-old girl from Modesto, California. They found her in a motel room.

Posted: May 14, 2019 2:43 PM
Updated: May 14, 2019 2:49 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The search for a 15-year-old "runaway" from California led officers with the Medford Police Department (MPD) to make two arrests at a Motel 6, according to a statement from the agency.

Early on the morning of May 10, just after 5 a.m., MPD officers received a report that the 15-year-old girl from Modesto, California was at a local motel. She had been missing from home since April 29.

"The parent of the child reported that she believed her daughter was at the Motel 6 on Biddle Road, and was possibly the victim of sex trafficking," MPD said.

When officers arrived at the Motel 6, they located a room where they thought the girl was staying. Initially, MPD said, the occupants of the room were "uncooperative" and did not want to let the officers inside. But eventually they opened the door, allowing officers to rush in.

Inside, MPD found the missing 15-year-old, an 18-year-old girl, and two adults — the last two identified as 32-year-old Lucious James Roy and 41-year-old Dawniel Santangelo, both from Stockton, California.

"Detectives responded to the scene and conducted a thorough, and on-going investigation. Detectives believe that Roy and Santangelo acted together, as they transported the missing girl from California to Oregon, provided her with marijuana, and engaged her in prostitution," MPD said.

The erstwhile missing girl has been reunited with her family in California, while the non-profit Community Works helped police reunite the 18-year-old girl with her family in California as well.

Roy and Santangelo both have been lodged in jail and charged with Trafficking in Persons, Compelling Prostitution, and Delivery of Marijuana to a Minor. Roy's bail is set at $300,000 and Santangelo's bail is $250,000.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 4243

Reported Deaths: 153
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah116559
Marion96025
Washington73917
Clackamas31211
Deschutes1250
Umatilla1163
Linn1159
Polk9812
Lane733
Yamhill707
Jackson660
Benton555
Clatsop450
Klamath440
Jefferson330
Malheur320
Coos310
Douglas270
Wasco241
Josephine231
Hood River180
Columbia160
Lincoln120
Morrow110
Curry70
Union60
Tillamook60
Crook60
Wallowa20
Lake20
Sherman10
Harney10
Grant10
Baker10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 111951

Reported Deaths: 4172
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles550012362
Riverside7486323
San Diego7481269
Orange6261147
San Bernardino5246204
Alameda339096
Santa Clara2776141
San Francisco258842
Kern225038
San Mateo210484
Tulare184484
Fresno174335
Santa Barbara164912
Imperial163427
Contra Costa145037
Sacramento140056
Ventura107833
San Joaquin85834
Kings7464
Stanislaus74429
Sonoma5534
Monterey53010
Solano51722
Marin48314
Merced2837
San Luis Obispo2691
Placer2159
Santa Cruz2132
Yolo21124
Napa1123
Madera1062
Humboldt1013
El Dorado900
San Benito872
Sutter462
Del Norte450
Butte440
Nevada411
Shasta394
Mono371
Mendocino300
Yuba301
Lake210
Inyo201
Amador190
Mariposa161
Glenn160
Calaveras150
Siskiyou70
Colusa50
Lassen50
Tuolumne40
Plumas40
Tehama41
Alpine20
Trinity10
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 68°
Brookings
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 61°
Crater Lake
Broken Clouds
62° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 62°
Grants Pass
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 68°
Klamath Falls
Broken Clouds
62° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 62°
Warm Monday, isolated showers
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Monday, June 1 morning weather

Image

Klamath Falls Protest

Image

Sunday, May 31 evening weather

Image

Protests fill the streets of downtown Ashland

Image

Sunday, May 31 morning weather

Image

Saturday, May 20 evening weather

Image

Saturday, May 30 morning weather

Image

Hundreds, including local police and firefighters, support Class of 2020 in graduation parades

Image

Fink, Ristvedt honored as Ad Rutschman Small College Athletes of the Year

Image

Friday, May 29th Evening Weather