A Woman Says She Was Kidnapped, Trafficked And Tortured In Motels In The O.C.
A woman was allegedly kidnapped, trafficked and tortured in multiple motel rooms for at least a week.Police say the woman, 26, met one of her alleged captors, Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis, also 26, during a drug deal at a motel in Costa Mesa, The OC Weekly reports. From that point on, he forced her to work for him as a prostitute. He reportedly held her in motel rooms, oftentimes bound and blindfolded in a closet. She said she was told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape, and she was beaten and burned with a hot iron and glass drug pipes.
Two different police departments were involved in her rescue. The Westminster Police Department first received information about Flores-Davis and 27-year-old Sierra Rose Thompson holding a woman in a Westminster motel against her will. However, when they responded to the motel on July 23, Flores-Davis, Thompson and the victim were gone. Police were able to get the license plate number of a white Dodge truck and provided this information to other law enforcement agencies in the area.
On Monday around 6 p.m., Costa Mesa police received a tip from someone who said that they had received a Facebook message from a female friend who claimed she was being held against her will at a motel on Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa.
At this motel, they found Flores-Davis, Thompson and the victim, who was bruised and suffering from burns. A police helicopter later spotted the white truck at a different motel—the Starr Inn also on Newport Boulevard—and arrested Oscar Gonzalez-Salinas, 33.
The victim was taken to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, then to a women's shelter. Flores-Davis, Thompson and Gonzalez-Salinas have been charged on suspicion of kidnapping, mayhem, torture, human trafficking and conspiracy.