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Trio charged in Natchitoches Parish human trafficking case

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David Rodriguez Jr., 37 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office) David Rodriguez Jr., 37 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)
Christina Marie Harper, 39 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office) Christina Marie Harper, 39 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)
Ambre Tubbs Lomas, 39 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office) Ambre Tubbs Lomas, 39 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)
Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office
NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

New details are emerging in the alleged human trafficking case out of Natchitoches Parish, where an allegedly enslaved woman escaped after being chained at her captors' home for days.

"They put the chain on her, they staked, tied her up to a CarMax building out behind the house and left her outside, naked, out in the weather," says Sheriff Victor Jones. 

David Rodriguez Jr., 37, Christina Marie Harper, 39 and Ambre Tubbs Lomas, 39 were all arrested Wednesday morning in connection with the investigation.

It all began when the Robeline Town Marshal encountered a woman with a logging chain around her neck and attached to a bucket late on May 31 at a business at I49 and University Parkway near Natchitoches.

The woman, an out-of-state resident, said she had been held against her will and chained in and around a building in the 500 block of Dick Anderson Road near Ajax, Louisiana. She told investigators that she first met Rodriguez and Harper online and agreed to move into their home several months ago.

Rodriguez allegedly picked up the victim and helped her move her belongings into their home, later enslaving her and forcing her to give him all her cash, along with handing over ownership of a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Deputies said he later tattooed the victim and registered her as a slave on a fetish website.

The victim was also given daily chores such as serving meals, tending to animals, installing a swimming pool, digging trenches, removing fallen trees and performing sexual acts.

Detectives said if the victim failed to complete her work, she was beaten and disciplined by Rodriguez, Harper and a person identified as Amber Lomas. The discipline allegedly included beatings, carving initials into skin on the victim's backside, shootings with a stun gun and being doused with urine.

After the beatings and discipline became very severe, the victim told her master that she wanted to leave their home. She was then allegedly chained outside in the woods, moved to a building where she was fed once a day and given small amounts of water and urine to drink. "Just like an animal, like an anima," Sheriff Jones says.

The victim was treated and released from a hospital and is now in protective custody.

Detectives say they executed a search warrant June 4 on the Ajax home and found 15 firearms, a stun gun, four computers, two tablets, three external hard drives, a digital camera, a digital video camera and an iPod.

There were also two children at the home, ages 15 and 16, who were removed by the Office of Child Protective Services.

The three suspects turned themselves into the NPSO.

David Rodriguez Jr., 37 of the 500 block of Dick Anderson Road, Pleasant Hill, was charged with one count of human trafficking; one count of aggravated second degree battery; one count of second degree kidnapping/false imprisonment; and two counts of offenses against computer users

Christina Marie Harper, 39 of the 500 block of Dick Anderson Road, Pleasant Hill was charged withone count of human trafficking; one count of aggravated second degree battery; one count of second degree kidnapping/false imprisonment; and two counts of offenses against computer users.

Ambre Tubbs Lomas, 39 of the 6700 block of Jefferson Paige Drive, Shreveport was charged with one count of aggravated second degree battery; and one count of second degree kidnapping/false imprisonment.

All three are being held at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Louisiana State Police and Natchitoches District Attorney's Office assisted in the investigation.

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