Six people — most with ties to a gang called the Polywood Crips — were arrested last week in Fort Worth on charges including sex trafficking of children, the U.S. attorney’s office reported Wednesday.
A news release listed the defendants arrested July 21 and their street names: Diwone Nobles, “Pooh,” 31; Stanley Johnson, “Pee Wee,” 24; Audrey Lane, “Spud,” 29; Alvin Lane, “Spank,” 32; Jessica Arnold, 23; and Serrah Arnold, “Kristen,” 27.
Two defendants — Chad Johnson, “Chad Ocho Hood Flame,” 24, and Deon Bonner, “Spanish Fly,” 25 — remained fugitives Wednesday.
In a criminal complaint, a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security said the six male defendants are pimps and the two women are “bottom girls,” a term usually meant for the prostitute at the top of the hierarchy for one pimp. Serrah Arnold was Audrey Lane’s bottom girl, and Jessica Arnold was Alvin Lane’s bottom girl.
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The defendants face charges of sex trafficking of children; sex trafficking of adults through force, fraud, or coercion; and/or conspiracy to engage in child sex trafficking, the news release said.
The complaint describes sexual assaults and trafficking of underage and adult females from October 2013 to April. Several defendants are accused of taking all the money earned by the prostitutes.
Some of the pimps’ Facebook pages contained publicly visible posts that refer to their making money through “pimping,” the news release said. Five of them have Facebook photos of them flashing Polywood Crips gang signs.
One woman told investigators that on a trip to Austin she made enough money for Nobles to buy a blue sedan, which Nobles had painted bright orange. She said Nobles, Lane and Chad Johnson “refer to this color as ‘Poly orange’ in reference to their neighborhood Polytechnic Heights,” the complaint states.
The investigator wrote that he had seen the “bright orange Chevy in numerous Facebook online postings” on Nobles’, Johnson’s and Lane’s accounts.
Chad Johnson is accused of physically and sexually assaulting victims, and when he believed one victim tried to “renegade” — to engage in commercial sex acts for money without the pimp knowing — “he had several friends gang rape her as punishment,” the complaint said
The raid was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Fort Worth police and the U.S. Marshals Service. In addition to the six arrests, officers seized cellphones, a computer, a tablet and a stolen firearm.
The six defendants arrested were in federal custody on Wednesday. They have detention hearings this week, the news release said.
The maximum statutory penalty for each offense is life in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
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