May 15, 2014 3:20 PM
Redding Police arrested a man yesterday on suspicion of kidnapping a 16-year-old Sacramento girl and forcing her into prostitution.
Melvin Derrell Baldwin-Green was arrested in Redding yesterday on charges of kidnapping, human trafficking of a minor, promoting sexual conduct by a minor, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, taking a minor for the purpose of prostitution, and child endangerment after a month long Redding Police Department investigation.
The investigation began when 16-year-old girl flagged down citizens in the 1900 block of Hartnell Avenue on Thursday April 17. The girl said she had been held against her will inside a nearby apartment and managed to escape.
The girl was able to identify a suspect and said she had been kidnapped from the Sacramento area a month before.
Investigators found that in early March of 2014, the girl was contacted by Baldwin-Green as she was walking home from a party in the Sacramento area. She said Baldwin-Green forced her into his vehicle and drove her to Redding against her will.
Redding Police also learned the victim had been reported as a runaway from the Sacramento area.
The girl told police that while in Redding she was held against her will in an apartment off Olive Street, and a second apartment off Hartnell Avenue. She said Baldwin-Green had locks on windows and doorknobs on the inside doors which required keys to open. The victim said Baldwin-Green took her phone, and threatened to harm her if she tried to escape.
The victim was forced to engage in acts of prostitution. Baldwin-Green told her if she made enough money he would buy her a bus ticket home to her family.
After interviewing the girl police obtained an arrest warrant for Baldwin-Green and search warrants for the locations on North Court Street and Hartnell Avenue.
Yesterday police found an internet escort ad they believed was placed by Baldwin-Green. Police called the number and set up an appointment with the subject who answered the phone. Police located and followed Baldwin-Green as he left a residence on the 1100 block of North Court Street and traveled to a residence in the 1900 block of Hartnell Avenue where he picked up a female subject. He then drove the female subject to the pre-arranged meeting location at a hotel on Churn Creek Road in Redding.
Baldwin-Green dropped the female subject off and was arrested by investigators around 8:00 p.m.
Baldwin-Green was booked in to the Shasta County Jail. His nail has been set at $1 million.