'Disturbing' human trafficking arrests made in Natchitoches - KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; KNOE.com |

'Disturbing' human trafficking arrests made in Natchitoches

Posted: Updated:
Ambre Lomas Ambre Lomas
David Rodriquez David Rodriquez
Christina Harper Christina Harper
WARNING!! The following news article contains content that may be graphic and/or strong in nature. Reader discretion is advised.

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - An investigation by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office, and Louisiana State Police, has led to three arrests in what NPSO Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. described as the most “severe and disturbing” case of Human Trafficking ever seen in Natchitoches Parish.

According to NPSO, the investigation began on May 31, around 11:11 p.m., when a Robeline Asst. Town Marshal reported finding a female attached to a logging chain around her and a bucket at a business near the Intersections of I-49 and University Parkway (La. Hwy 6 West) near Natchitoches.

NPSO Deputies responded to the scene and learned the victim had been held captive, chained against her will for several days, at 500 Dick Anderson Road, near Ajax in northwest Natchitoches Parish.

According to NPSO, the victim was able to free herself and drive the vehicle of one of the suspects to Natchitoches.

NPSO said the victim was suffering from numerous lacerations and bruises to the body, and deputies took her to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Natchitoches City Firemen removed the logging chain.The victim was placed in protective custody after being treated and released from the hospital.

NPSO Detectives also responded to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, and on June 2, the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit began assisting detectives.

Detectives said they learned that the victim, an out of state resident, initially met an Ajax couple, identified as David Rodriguez Jr., 37, and Christina Marie Harper, 39, both of Pleasant Hill, online and agreed to voluntarily move into their home several months ago.

Rodriguez allegedly drove to the victim’s out-of-state residence and assisted her in packing and moving. Detectives said Rodriguez enslaved the victim after she moved in with the couple.

NPSO said Rodriguez allegedly made the victim turn over all cash and a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle to him, and he later tattooed and registered her as a slave online.

Rodriguez gave the victim a list of daily chores including serving meals, drinks, taking care of animals, leveling dirt for a swimming pool, installing a swimming pool, digging trenches, removal of fallen trees and performing sexual acts.

Detectives said if the victim failed to perform these duties, Rodriguez, Harper and a third person identified as Ambre Tubbs Lomas, 39, of Shreveport, "disciplined" her with beatings, carving initials into undisclosed areas of her body, tazing and throwing urine on her.

Detectives said the victim told her master she wanted to leave after the beatings and discipline became severe. As a result, they chained her in the woods. Later they moved her into a building where they fed her once a day and provided limited water and urine for her to drink.

NPSO Chief Investigator Greg Dunn said detectives executed a search warrant on June 4 at the couple's residence. Detectives seized fifteen firearms, a stun gun, four computers, two tablet computers, three external hard drives, one digital camera, one digital video camera and an iPod.

The State Office of Child Protective Services removed two children, ages 15 and 16, from the residence.

Sheriff Jones said detectives, Louisiana State Police and members of the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office spent hours putting the case together and obtaining sufficient evidence and cause to secure criminal warrants signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge.

The three suspects turned themselves in to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office on June 4, around 8:15 a.m.

Rodriguez was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Human Trafficking, 1-count of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, 1-count of Second Degree Kidnapping/False Imprisonment, and 2-counts of Offenses against Computer Users. His bond is set at $635.000 dollars.

Harper was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Human Trafficking, 1-count of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, 1-count of Second Degree Kidnapping/False Imprisonment, and 2-counts of Offenses against Computer Users. Her bond is set at $635,000 dollars.

Lomas was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Second Degree Kidnapping/False Imprisonment, and 1-count of Aggravated Second Degree Battery. Her bond is set at $525,000 dollars.

All three suspects remain in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Sheriff Jones extended his appreciation to Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Van Kyzar, Colonel Michael D. Edmondson and the Louisiana State Police along with all of the NPSO Deputies that were involved in this intense investigation.

NPSO said those involved in the investigation and arrests included: Detective Tim Key, NPSO High Tech Crime Unit Detective Carey Etheredge, Chief Investigator Greg Dunn, Deputy Amber Shirley, LSP Special Victims Unit Detective Amanda Fournier, and Assistant District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington.


  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Family grieving after three year old's death

    Family grieving after three year old's death

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:27:45 GMT
    TALLULAH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Tallulah Police have finished their investigation in the accidental shooting death of three-year old Dart Turner. Tonight, the family is still grieving.
    TALLULAH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Tallulah Police have finished their investigation in the accidental shooting death of three-year old Dart Turner. Tonight, the family is still grieving.
  • Pastor speaks about his loss as he mourns the death of his daughter

    Pastor speaks about his loss as he mourns the death of his daughter

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:33:13 GMT
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A West Monroe family continues to mourn the loss of their thirteen-year-old daughter. Sarah Grace Tellifero received a fatal shock of electricity while swimming at Lake Bruin with her church youth group.
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A West Monroe family continues to mourn the loss of their thirteen-year-old daughter. Sarah Grace Tellifero received a fatal shock of electricity while swimming at Lake Bruin with her church youth group.
  • Missing man found, then stabbed next day

    Missing man found, then stabbed next day

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:12:25 GMT
    NATCHITOCHES, La. (KNOE 8 News NPD) - The Natchitoches Police Department located a person reported missing over the weekend, only to find him again Tuesday with a stab wound. Ronald Hayes was located by a patrol officer around 6 p.m Monday evening. He was in good condition and his family was notified.
    NATCHITOCHES, La. (KNOE 8 News NPD) - The Natchitoches Police Department located a person reported missing over the weekend, only to find him again Tuesday with a stab wound. Ronald Hayes was located by a patrol officer around 6 p.m Monday evening. He was in good condition and his family was notified.
  • 2014 ArkLaMiss Fair Schedule

    2014 ArkLaMiss Fair Schedule

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:37 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:37:25 GMT
    2014 ArkLaMiss Fair Schedule of Events
    2014 ArkLaMiss Fair Schedule of Events
  • Tallulah toddler dies in shooting accident

    Tallulah toddler dies in shooting accident

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:19:53 GMT
    MADISON PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Tallulah Police confirm a three year-old boy has died in a shooting incident Monday afternoon. Police say the child shot himself after finding a loaded gun in a home in Tallulah.
    MADISON PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Tallulah Police confirm a three year-old boy has died in a shooting incident Monday afternoon. Police say the child shot himself after finding a loaded gun in a home in Tallulah.
  • Lake Providence man killed while at work

    Lake Providence man killed while at work

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:15 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:15:36 GMT
    MADISON PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News)- A Lake Providence man was killed while at work in Madison Parish.
    MADISON PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News)- A Lake Providence man was killed while at work in Madison Parish.
  • No charges expected in toddler's death

    No charges expected in toddler's death

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:33:18 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - In the state of Louisiana, lawmakers have determined using a cell phone in a school zone poses a safety risk to children. But oddly enough, there isn't much on the books about about leaving a child at home alone in the presence of a loaded gun. It only took a few minutes in the case of Dart Turner for tragedy to strike. The three year old's mother walked only a few feet to the grocery store, leaving Dart and two other young children home alone. Police say she was o...
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - In the state of Louisiana, lawmakers have determined using a cell phone in a school zone poses a safety risk to children. But oddly enough, there isn't much on the books about about leaving a child at home alone in the presence of a loaded gun. It only took a few minutes in the case of Dart Turner for tragedy to strike. The three year old's mother walked only a few feet to the grocery store, leaving Dart and two other young children home alone. Police say she was o...
  • 2 students hospitalized after alleged drug use

    2 students hospitalized after alleged drug use

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:58:24 GMT
    CENTRAL, La. (AP) - School officials say two seniors at Central High School are in the hospital after apparently ingesting synthetic marijuana.
    CENTRAL, La. (AP) - School officials say two seniors at Central High School are in the hospital after apparently ingesting synthetic marijuana.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KNOE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.