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Three arrested for human trafficking and one for carnal knowledge

Lake Charles, LA – On March 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a motel on North Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a possible location of a 14 year old girl who had been reported as a runaway. When detectives arrived at the motel they located the girl in a room, along with Mariah C. Miller, 24, of Iowa.

During the investigation and after interviewing the girl, detectives learned she has been a victim of sex trafficking since January 2019. The victim advised detectives she had been beaten and forced to have sexual intercourse with numerous men. During further investigation detectives learned Miller, along with an acquaintance of the victim, Kaleb A. Citizen, 21, of Lake Charles, and Darius P. Landry, 28, Lake Charles, who was the victim’s guardian and family member, were responsible for trafficking the girl. Detectives were also able to identify one of the men, Antonio D. Tompkins, 25, of Lake Charles, with whom she was forced to have sex.

Between June 10 and 13 Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for the arrest of all four suspects. Miller, Citizen, and Tompkins; were all incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on unrelated charges. Miller is charged with human trafficking with a bond of $250,000. Citizen is charged with human trafficking; 1st degree rape; and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $2million. Tompkins is charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $250,000. Landry was arrested on June 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes with a bond of $250,000.

The investigation in continuing and more arrests and charges are likely. Detectives also have reason to believe there may be more juvenile victims, so if anyone has any additional information on this case or these suspects, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO Detectives Seth Abshire and Michael G. Miller are the lead investigators on this case.