Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested a Texas man accused of trafficking a woman into prostitution in the Baton Rouge area.
Jordan L. Byers, 25, is accused of holding the woman against her will for about a week and threatening to shoot her when she tried to leave, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
The woman was able to briefly escape his watch Wednesday at the Super 8 Motel on Reiger Road and notified a motel clerk, the report says.
Two other women, Desiree Sanders, 32, and Brittni Crabill, 24, were with Byers and the woman when authorities arrived. Sanders declined to speak with deputies, but Crabill said she, Sanders and the other woman willingly worked as prostitutes for Byers, the report says.
That woman — who was not identified — told deputies Byers ordered the other two women to attack her at the motel. But Crabill told deputies she and Sanders attacked the woman because she stole some makeup from Sanders.
Byers told investigators he was not involved in prostitution and he said the woman was not being held against her will.
Byers also told deputies the woman was attacked by Crabill and Sanders because she stole from them.
Byers, of 301 Balsam Lane, Amarillo, Texas, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of human trafficking and second-degree kidnapping. His bail was set at $150,000.
Crabill, of 4014 Dexter St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Sanders, of 2714 Oak Drive, Amarillo, Texas, were booked into Parish Prison on one count each of simple battery.
Bail was set for each woman at $2,500.