A suspect of human trafficking was arrested Thursday in Sacramento after a victim was found at a market in Redding earlier in the week.
Redding police started investigating Stevie Lee Boston, 20, after a woman showed up at Hinkle's Market on the 1000 block of Market Street on Tuesday. She said she had escaped from an apartment nearby and was the victim of human trafficking.
Police talked with her and found out she had been reported missing Monday. Before that, her friends reported changes in behavior that made them worry for her safety.
The woman told police she had been held against her will and trafficked for sex trade between Stockton and Sacramento. She also said she had been assaulted both physically and sexually.
The suspect, Boston, was reported to still be inside an apartment on the 1200 block of Market Street with a second victim. The woman warned police Boston was armed and had indicated he'd be willing to have a gun battle with police if they showed up.
By the time police arrived, Boston was already gone along with the second woman. Police say they found evidence of a fight in the apartment and the second victim's car parked near the building. There was also reportedly a bullet hold in the driver's side door.
Registration in the car showed it belonged to a woman that had been reported missing on May 21 out of Emeryville.
After more investigation, Redding police determined Boston had returned to Sacramento. They worked with the Sacramento Police Department to serve a search warrant Thursday at an apartment on the 5200 block of 73rd Street. He was arrested without incident.
Boston is facing charges of false imprisonment, criminal threats, pimping, human trafficking, forced oral copulation and domestic violence. He is being held without bail.
Police say Boston was a wanted parolee and has an extensive criminal history of gang convictions.