25-year-old David B. Goodwin, 27-year-old Kevonne L. Murphy, 30-year-old Joshua Lankford and 38-year-old Lakeya N. Aldridge, all of Federalsburg, Maryland.
Delaware State Police, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations, have arrested four suspects in connection with a human trafficking case in Laurel.
The investigation began on Wednesday, October 30, around 8:30 a.m., when troopers were dispatched to the Relax Inn at 30702 Sussex Highway for a report of a female being held against her will and forced to perform sex acts. Upon arrival, a 22-year-old female victim from Maryland was found, and it was learned that she had been taken back and forth between Delaware and Maryland against her will and forced to perform commercial sex acts on multiple people in exchange for compensation.
Three suspects were initially taken into custody at the Relax Inn without incident, including 25-year-old David B. Goodwin, 27-year-old Kevonne L. Murphy and 38-year-old Lakeya N. Aldridge, all of Federalsburg, Maryland. A fourth suspect has been identified as 30-year-old Joshua Lankford, also of Federalsburg.
All four suspects were charged with first-degree kidnapping, human trafficking - sexual servitude, trafficking an individual and second-degree conspiracy. Goodwin and Murphy were committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $100,000 cash-only bond. Aldridge was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $102,000 cash-only bond.
Lankford was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Task Force at a residence in the 3000 block of Holland Drive in Federalsburg without incident on November 2. He was extradited back to Delaware where he was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $102,000 cash-only bond.