Raleigh police charge man held four women in servitude, assaulted two

08/20/2014 11:51 AM

08/20/2014 11:57 AM

A 26-year-old man was charged Tuesday with four counts of human trafficking, accused of holding women for one- to two-month periods that began last November and ran through the end of June.

Raleigh police went to Charlotte to arrest Eric Javon Thompson, whose address was listed on warrants as Briarneck Drive in Jacksonville, spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

The case was based on intelligence gathered during an ongoing Detective Division investigation of human trafficking for prostitution, Sughrue said.

They charged Thompson with human trafficking involving adult victims and holding them in involuntary servitude, two counts of assault by strangulation against two of the women and an Aug. 11 robbery of $120 from a person.

According to the warrants issued for Thompson, one woman was held during May, one through November and December, one in May and June and one for the month of June.

Police did not detail where they believed Thompson had the woman.

July 13, he had been arrested at a motel on Appliance Court on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. Then, he gave authorities an address in El Cajon, California.

As part of the investigation, Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner had set Thompson’s bail on the trafficking charges in advance at $250,000 each, records showed. His bail on the robbery charge was an additional $20,000.

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