On July 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Devin Windham, 26, of San Jose for pimping and pandering in downtown San Bernardino.
According to a press release, investigators from the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force were conducting surveillance on Monday, July 9, near the area of Fifth Street and G Street in the downtown area of San Bernardino when they noticed a white Dodge Charger, driven by a male (later identified as Devin Windham), continuously passing through the area. Investigators watched the driver, slow down and yell at females in the area. At one point, investigators watched Windham drive into the parking lot of an area motel, make contact with a female (later identified as the victim), hand her an item and then leave the area. Investigators continued surveillance of the female, noting her activities both before and after her contact with Windham were consistent with her involvement in prostitution.
The investigation continued into Tuesday, July 10. At that time, they located Windham's vehicle in the parking lot of the same motel they had witnessed his contact with the victim the day prior. He was contacted by investigators after he left the motel room where the victim was located and he was detained while other investigators contacted the victim. A search of the room produced a large quantity of money. Further investigation and interviews produced evidence that Windham was encouraging and benefiting from the victim's involvement in prostitution.
Windham was placed under arrest and booked at Sheriff's Central Detention Center for felony violation of Pimping and Pandering of an adult. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force is made up of investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office, San Bernardino Police Department, Ontario Police Department, San Bernardino Unified School District Police, California State Parole, Office of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
This investigation is ongoing. Investigators believe there are other unidentified victims related to this case and are asking that anyone with information related to this investigation 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 wetip.com.