BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (PIX11) — A text message from a concerned relative lead to the rescue of two young girls from a Brooklyn apartment, where they were being held by a group that allegedly tried to lure them into prostitution, prosecutors said this week.
It started on Aug. 30, 2014, as two 13-year-old girls walked home from a party in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. They met Marcus Sumpter, 25, near the Franklin Avenue train station then went with him to his apartment on Classon Avenue, where he allegedly had sex with them, the Kings County District Attorney’s Office said Monday as it announced three arrests in the case.
The next day, the girls left Sumpter’s home. He allegedly followed them and implored them to come back, promising that they could make money working for him as prostitutes, the DA’s office said.
The girls went back to Sumpter’s apartment and another adult allegedly took scantily clad photos of them with the intent of posting those pictures on Craigslist, prosecutors said.
During this time, a relative of one of the girls became worried and sent her a text. He received a message in return, allegedly sent by a defendant who took over the teen’s phone, asking, “Want a date?”
Sensing something was wrong, the relative played along. He replied, “Yes,” and asked for the price and location, prosecutors said.
When the relative arrived at Sumpter’s apartment, he paid for what the pimps thought were services, took the girl and left. The girl’s friend was later found by relatives and rescued, as well.
Three suspects were arrested in the scheme and another is still at large, the DA said. Sumpter as well as Joann Bailey, 55, and Jerry Brown, 57, are named in a 32-count indictment and charged with varying counts of first- and second-degree kidnapping, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree criminal facilitation and endangering the welfare of a child.
Sumpter was ordered held without bail; Bailey’s bail was set at $100,000 cash or $50,000 bond; and Brown’s bail was set at $50,000 or $25,000 bond. They are scheduled to return to court on April 22.
Prosecutors did not release details about the fourth person they’re looking for.