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Columbus Police: Third arrest made in sex trafficking ring 

By Sarah Robinson

srobinson@ledger-enquirer.com

Columbus police are on the scene of a house on Gleason Avenue.
Columbus police are on the scene of a house on Gleason Avenue. srobinson@ledger-enquirer.com

Update: Another person has been charged in connection with the sex trafficking ring investigation Columbus Police launched Wednesday, according to Maj. Gil Slouchick.

Bryshae Shanturia McBride, one of the three jailed suspects, was arrested Wednesday and charged with kidnapping, trafficking person for labor sexual servitude and battery with physical harm. The 20-year-old Columbus woman was transported to Muscogee County Jail.

All three suspects are scheduled to appear in Recorder's Court 2 p.m. Friday.

Original Story: Authorities said they apprehended two individuals today at a Columbus Wal-Mart who are allegedly tied to a sex trafficking ring.

De'Angelo Walker, 24, of Columbus was charged with domestic minor sex trafficking, rape, aggravated sodomy, child molestation, kidnapping, keeping a place of prostitution, false imprisonment, battery, simple battery, pointing a pistol at another, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and sexual exploitation of a child.

Kimari Hill, 21, of Clayton was arrested on one count of sexual exploitation of child and unrelated warrants from Clayton County.

Maj. Gil Slouchick said an off-duty detective was at the Wal-Mart on Airport Thruway shortly after 2 a.m. this morning when someone informed him about a 21-year-old woman hiding in the store's bathroom. The investigator went to the restroom, where he found the woman.

"This individual had complained of being kidnapped from Clayton County and brought to Columbus," Slouchick said. "Based on the information that officers were receiving, they believed that they had uncovered a sex trafficking ring."

The two suspects were detained at the store. Further investigation led police to conduct a search warrant at a home in the 2900 block of Gleason Avenue.

Police said they located a 16-year-old girl in that area who they identified as an additional victim in the sex trafficking ring.

Slouchick told the Ledger-Enquirer that they had a SWAT team assist because they thought there were armed individuals inside. A neighbor said authorities announced their presence three of four times, and then "stormed" into the residence when no one answered.

Police said they didn't find any suspects inside, but they are anticipating making additional arrests and filing more charges.

— Sarah is a crime and safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.

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