Police arrest four people connected with human trafficking case

From left to right: Goodwin, Murphy, Aldridge, and Lankford

LAUREL, Del. – Four people have been arrested following an investigation into a human trafficking case in Laurel.

The investigation began around 8:30 AM on Wednesday, when Delaware State Police troopers were called to respond to the Relax Inn, located at 30702 Sussex Highway, for a report of a female who was being held against her will and forced to perform sex acts on people.

When police arrived, they located a 22-year-old female victim from Maryland, who had reportedly been taken back and forth between Delaware and Maryland against her will and forced to perform commercial sex acts on multiple people in exchange for compensation.

Police initially took 25-year-old David B. Goodwin, 27-year-old Kevonne L. Murphy, and 38-year-old Lakeya N. Aldridge, all of Federalsburg, MD, into custody without incident at the Relax Inn. Following investigation, a fourth suspect, 30-year-old Joshua Lankford, of Federalsburg, was identified.

All four suspects were charged with first degree kidnapping, human trafficking- sexual servitude, trafficking an individual, and conspiracy second degree.

Goodwin, Murphy, and Aldridge were taken to Troop 4 and arraigned. Goodwin and Murphy were committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $100,000 cash only bond, while Aldridge was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $102,000 cash only bond.

Lankford was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Task Force at a home located in the 3000 block of Holland Drive in Federalsburg, on Friday. He was extradited back to Delaware where he was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $102,000 cash only bond.

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