EMERYVILLE (BCN) — Two suspects were arrested in Emeryville on Wednesday in connection with multiple crimes related to a 15-year-old girl from Pleasant Hill who went missing late last month.
Jadonna Alfay Thibodeaux, 26, of Emeryville, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, abduction of a minor with intent to prostitute and pimping a minor victim under 16 years old.
Christopher Crutcher, 28, of Emeryville, was arrested on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, abduction of a minor with intent to prostitute, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, willful cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury, pimping a minor under 16 years old, lewd and lascivious act with a child, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession of a 30-round magazine for a Glock pistol.
Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Emeryville police officers went to a residence in the 1100 block of 54th Street and arrested the pair.
Police said the arrests were the result of an investigation that began April 30 when the Pleasant Hill Police Department contacted Emeryville police regarding a missing juvenile.
Pleasant Hill investigators located the phone number for Crutcher in the missing juvenile’s cellphone, police said.
Detectives called Crutcher, but he denied knowing the juvenile or her whereabouts, police said.
Within hours of the phone call, the juvenile was located at a BART station in Pleasant Hill on May 1. Pleasant Hill police had said the girl was considered at-risk because she is developmentally disabled but appears physically mature for her age.
She was reunited with her family and said she met Crutcher on a bus in Contra Costa County.
She said he enticed her to stay with him and his wife for a few days at their residence in Emeryville, police said.
While the victim was staying with the suspects, they tried to get her to work for them as a prostitute and Crutcher had sexual intercourse with her, according to police.
Investigators located a Glock pistol with a loaded 30-round magazine at the suspects’ residence.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Emeryville Police Department at (510) 596-3774.