An investigation the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force has led to the arrest a 25-year-old Los Angeles man on charges of pimping and pandering and the rescue of a woman believed to have been forced into prostitution.
After being interviewed by San Bernardino police, the suspect, Demetrius Auston, became combative and bit the hand of an officer, drawing blood, says a press release.
The task force began surveillance in an attempt to locate victims and suspects involved in the commercialized sex trade San Bernardino. Members of the task force observed Auston driving erratically and attempting to talk to suspected prostitutes.
“A traffic stop was conducted, and through initial investigation it was determined Auston was pimping and pandering a female victim,” the release says.
After being taken to the San Bernardino Police Department for additional interview, where he damaged city property and assaulted a peace officer. The officer was treated and for his injury at a local medical facility and released.
The victim was rescued, offered services and released from the scene.
Auston was transported to the West Valley Detention Center and booked for multiple felonies including pimping, pandering, assault on a peace officer and felony fandalism. Bail was set at $100,000.
Investigators believe there are other unidentified victims related to this case and are asking that anyone with information related to this investigation, please contact the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force at (909)387-8400.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME or you may leave information on the WE-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.