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Kidnapped Woman Forced Into Prostitution at Avenel Hotels, Police Say

Five arrested in Woodbridge hotel bust after woman held captive for weeks, police say.

Five people were arrested this week in connection with the kidnapping and prostitution of a woman out of various Avenel hotels and in North Carolina, Woodbridge Police said Thursday.

Ronnie Warren, 28, of Cliffwood, Carrie Schiefer, 23, of Keansburg, Willie Peters, 19, of West Keansburg, and Samantha Garcia, 20, of West Keansburg, were arrested this week at an Avenel hotel. Joel Hope, 31, of Scotch Plains, was later arrested at his girlfriend’s home in Scotch Plains, Woodbridge Police said.

The arrests culminated a several-month investigation by multiple agencies into the kidnapping and prostitution of a woman, according to Sgt. Brian Murphy, of the Woodbridge Police Department Special Investigations Unit.

Hope and Warren put a woman in fear of leaving them, Murphy said. The woman was forced into prostitution at various Avenel hotels, Murphy said. She was also transported to prostitute in North Carolina during the several weeks she was held captive, Murphy said.

Warren and Hope face charges of kidnapping and promoting prostitution. Schiefer is charged with promoting prostitution, possession of heroin and possession with intent to distribute. The three are being held in Middlesex County Jail without bail.

Peters is charged with hindering apprehension, contempt of court and wrongful impersonation. He is being held at Middlesex County Jail on $100,000 bail. Garcia is charged with hindering apprehension and possession of marijuana. She is being held at Middlesex County Jail on $15,000 bail.

When police were arresting the four at an Avenel hotel on Wednesday evening, they discovered heroin, marijuana and the passport of the woman, which they believe was being held so she could not leave, Woodbridge police said.

chuckidl July 11, 2013 at 11:37 PM
All those cheap motels in Avenel should be torn down. Everyone knows they are a haven for drugs, sex and ex-cons. Friends of mine in the WPD have always said they are dangerous. How about doing something about them, Mr Mayor, instead of allowing a pot distribution center a few hundred yards away from there?
Evita July 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM
in total agreement @chuckkidl
Paulus Chuikov July 12, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Those cheap motels along with the adult video store have been a blight on the township for years. Mr Mayor how about using eminent domain to clean up that cesspool of a corridor.
Tiffany Lesnick July 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM
I agree! This type of atmosphere is terrible for the township! If the Mayor considers himself such a good business and family man then why are these places still around. I have a six year old asking what the adult variety center is for. NOT GOOD! And yes he can read adult variety center. That kind of stuff should be left for the internet! As for the hotels they too should have been torn down a long time ago. Heroin REally!
Marv July 18, 2013 at 02:40 PM
It is hard to believe, but by many reputable reports across the country we have huge numbers of enslaved prostitutes. Most suprising to me is that women (along with the men) are involved with helping to enslave other women. Looks like with any kind of reasonable effort these most degrading businesses could be shut down. A case could be made though for legal and closely regulated prostitution where people are not forced into it. It is - after all - the World's oldest profession.

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