Germaine J. Wiggins, 34, of Frostburg, was taken into custody after one of the victims called police from a Cecil County hotel, according to a statement from Maryland State Police.
At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, police said officers responded to a hotel in North East where a person was in need of assistance. A woman told police that she had been raped by a man who was holding her and another woman against their will, according to the report.
They had been staying at the Holiday Inn Express off Interstate 95, the Cecil Whig reported.
When deputies arrived, they saw a man trying to get away on foot and once he was identified as the suspect, they arrested him, police said.
According to the preliminary investigation, police said that two victims from Ohio, ages 25 and 36, met Wiggins in their home state earlier in the week. After they had an argument in Ohio, one woman said he raped her, according to the report.
"Both women traveled with him to Pennsylvania and Virginia. The women admitted to being involved in prostitution and, at first, agreed to have Wiggins work with them to arrange customers," according to the statement from police.
"However, on June 25, while they were in Virginia, the women told Wiggins they no longer wanted to work with him. They said Wiggins threatened to kill them both if they left. Fearing for their lives, they remained with him," the report said.
After Wiggins checked the women into a hotel in North East and went out to his car on Thursday afternoon, one victim took her chance and approached the front desk. "She was like, 'Call the police. I've been kidnapped. He's got a gun,'" Jay Desai, the hotel owner who had been working at the front desk, told ABC 2 News.
Desai quickly hid the victim, who was shaking, in another room, ABC 2 News reported. When Wiggins returned, the hotel owner said he was "walking with a mission" and appeared visibly disturbed, asking whether anyone had seen a girl.
After police arrived, Wiggins was charged with two counts of kidnapping, benefiting financially from human trafficking, two counts of causing someone to be taken into human trafficking, prostitution and two counts of human trafficking intended to cause the victim to believe there would be serious physical harm for failing to partake in sexually explicit performance.
Police said Wiggins was being held at the Cecil County Detention Center without bond.
The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division assumed the inter-jurisdictional investigation, with assistance from investigators assigned to Maryland’s human trafficking task force, police said.
According to police, the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.
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