On Sunday at 5:12 PM, the Grants Pass Police Department received a 911 call from a 22-year-old male claiming to have fled from a residence in the 1500 block of Ben Aire Circle in Grants Pass. He had allegedly been forced into involuntary servitude for months by his cousin Eastwood Mohammed Hamman, a 35-year-old male, and Cassie Jo Gudino, a 27-year-old female. Officers located the fleeing victim and assisted with ensuring his safety.
Grants Pass Police detectives responded and initiated a full investigation. Detectives determined the male victim had been lured from New York, along with his 19-year-old sister, with promises of freedom and a job. The female victim was reportedly still being held at the residence. Over several months, the suspects allegedly forced the victims to work by using fear of serious physical injury and use of torture, such as burning them with a torch, ice baths, beatings, and starvation. The victims were required to give all money earned from online remote employment to the suspects.
On Monday morning, Grants Pass Police detectives, with the assistance of the Grants Pass SWAT and detectives from the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team, executed a search warrant at the residence located on Ben Aire Circle. The suspects were arrested at the scene, and the female victim was rescued. Both victims received medical attention at the hospital and will be reunited with family in New York.
Eastwood Mohammed Mannan and Cassie Jo Gudino were lodged at the Josephine County Jail for two counts of 1st Degree Kidnapping and two counts of 1st Degree Subjecting Another Person to Involuntary Servitude. Mannan was additionally charged with two counts of 2nd Degree Assault.
Anyone having information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the Grants Pass Police Department at 541-450-6260 and reference case #23-24725.
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