Man arrested in Cape Coral sex trafficking case

Man arrested in Cape Coral sex trafficking case
Posted at 6:20 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 22:35:25-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral Police have arrested a man they say is connected to the kidnapping and sexual assault of a teenage girl in Cape Coral.

On May 19th, Cape Police said they began a kidnapping investigation on 19-year-old Laila Fouissi and a male accomplice.

They said she met the victim at the Taco Bell on Hancock Bridge Parkway in Cape Coral. The victim worked there and Fouissi was her manager. 

The arrest report said the victim told Fouissi she was dealing with financial problems. The report said the victim was telling Fouissi how her work permit was expiring and she'd be out of a job. Fouissi suggested the victim could make a lot of money dancing at a strip club in Miami. Fouissi told the victim it didn't matter that she was just 17 years old, but she'd have to "meet a guy" first.

Police have now identified that man as 33-year-old Darnell Walker. They said Fouissi came to the victim's home in Cape Coral with Walker and told the victim to get in the car to talk. Fouissi drove her to a bridge on Del Prado Boulevard. Cape Coral Police said Fouissi and Walker brought the victim under the bridge and ordered her to perform a sex act by grabbing her by the hair and pushing her to the ground.

After the sex act, police said Fouissi and Walker threatened the victim while driving her home, stole her debit card, and withdrew money from her bank account.

Cape Coral Police detectives along with Child Protective Services built a case, and arrested Fouissi on June 2nd. She's charged with kidnapping, sexual battery, and robbery.

On August 8th, investigators said they were able to find and arrest Walker in Broward County. He's facing sexual battery, kidnapping, robbery, and human trafficking charges.

Cape Coral Police said the investigation is ongoing.