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A man is under arrest for allegedly sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl & kidnapping her infant

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According to the Long Beach Police Department, a 23-year-old man is under arrest for allegedly being involved in the human trafficking of a 17-year-old girl and kidnapping her baby.


Details:

Long Beach Police officers were called to the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Hill Street on the night of July 28, at about 8:17 p.m., in response to a "dispute call”. When police arrived they talked with a 17-year-old girl "who they believed was a victim of human trafficking."

  • Police would later discover that the 17-year-old's baby was taken by the suspect without her consent and was seeking a ransom for the infant.

  • The LBPD's Night Vice Investigation Unit took over the case and was able to reunite the infant with their mother later that night.

The suspect was identified as Antonio Lettmen, a 23-year-old Los Angeles resident, who was arrested in a vehicle near his LA home.

  • A search warrant was issued for Lettmen's vehicle, where investigators found a semi-automatic firearm and "additional evidence pertaining to the human trafficking of the 17-year-old minor."

  • On August 3, 2021, Lettmen was charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for commercially sex trafficking a minor with violence, kidnapping for ransom, and ex-felon in possession of a firearm. Lettmen's bail was set at is $2,035,000 bail.

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