Police in Connecticut's capital city have arrested two men in connection with the kidnapping of an 18-year-old who was held against her will and sexually and physically abused for almost a month, authorities said.
The Hartford Police Department Special Investigations Division began investigating on Sept. 27, when authorities received information about the possible kidnapping and human trafficking of an 18-year-old woman from outside the city. The woman was reported missing from Enfield on Sept. 29.
While police surveilled a building on Main Street a woman walked out they believed was the victim. She was not but when police showed her the photo of the victim she told police where they could find her because she had just seen her at the apartment.
Police knocked on the door of of a Hartford man who told them he was with his "girlfriend." When the 18-year-old victim walked by the doorway, police took her into custody because she was wanted for outstanding felony warrants, according to court documents. It is not clear what she was wanted for.
After leaving the apartment, the victim said she did not need medical attention but wanted to have McDonald's.
She told police that she went to Hartford in September to meet her ex-boyfriend at a store on Main Street. When he did not meet with her at a store she was approached by Dwayne "Crash" Hairston, 31 of Windosr, who invited her to his apartment to smoke weed and "hang out."
The pair engaged in consensual sex but after she was forced into having nonconsensual intercourse with Hairston's friends who go by "Monterey," "Cheese," "Nut," and "Brillo," she told police.
When the victim woke up, all of her clothes were missing and for the next month she was only allowed to wear a blue dress that was provided for her by a woman known as "TT," police said.
The victim was held in Hairston's room for the next week where the individuals named above and other unknown men continued to force sex with the woman. Hairston also forced the woman to snort and inject herione multiple times the day, police reported. He told the victim he would hurt her if she tried to leave.
At one point, Hairston tried to sell the woman to an unidentified individual but didn't after a disagreement ensued.
The victim was then given to a man who promised the woman he would "take care of her" but the date is unclear. The man told the woman that Hairston had made $800 from selling her body for sex, according to the police affidavit.
Police obtained an arrest warrant Dec. 28 for Hairston, charging him with human trafficking, first-degree kidnapping, promoting prostitution, unlawful restraint and second-degree assault.
Eric James "Nut" Williams, 25, of Hartford, was also identified as a suspect and police obtained a warrant charging him with first-degree sexual assault.
Detectives from the Hartford Police Department Vice and Narcotics units raided a building on Main Street in Hartford on Wednesday as part of an undercover drug investigation and determined that Hairston and Williams had spent time there as well.
Police made several arrests and seized narcotics, packaging material and counterfeit money.
Two children, 8 and 10 years old, were also at the address and the state Department of Children and Families was notified.
Hairston appeared in court on Thursday and bond was set at $800,000. He is due back in court on Jan. 25. Williams' bond was set at $500.000. He is due back in court on Jan. 26. Information on attorneys for the two was not immediately available.