Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis and Pair Held in Kidnapping, Torture and Forced Prostitution

Categories: Crime-iny

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A call from out of state led police to a Costa Mesa motel (not this one), the victim and suspects.

Three people are in custody in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a woman who was forced to work as a prostitute while being beaten, burned and held captive in cheap motels in Westminster and Costa Mesa, police from both cities said Tuesday.

The Westminster Police Department forwarded information to surrounding law enforcement agencies on July 23 about the possible kidnapping and human trafficking of a woman by a man identified as Renice Davis, who also had an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.

Investigators developed more information that Davis may have been with a woman named "Sierra" and that both had last been seen leaving a Westminster motel with the kidnapped woman in a white Dodge pick-up truck, according to a statement from Costa Mesa Police Lt. Greg Scott (on behalf of both agencies).

Westminster cops swooped down on the motel but it appeared everyone left, according to the statement, which indicates police were able to get a license plate number for the truck.

Then, just after 6 p.m. Monday, the Costa Mesa Police Department received a call from someone in another state reporting that a woman known to them had sent a Facebook message stating she was being held captive and tortured in a Days Inn motel room on Newport Boulevard.

Officers arrived to find a man and two women in the room--and they recognized them from the previous information Westminster Police had provided the week before. Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis, 26, of Costa Mesa, and Sierra Rose Thompson, a 27-year-old whose last known address was in Oregon, were arrested. A 26-year-old with obvious injuries--and whose name is being withheld because she is a presumed crime victim--was taken to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach for treatment of burns and contusions.

The white truck was missing, but investigators learned it may have been driven off by a second man. The truck was later spotted by a police helicopter at the Starr Inn motel farther north in the 2600 block of Newport Boulevard. Arriving officers found the driver, Oscar Gonzalez-Salinas, with two females who apparently had no involvement with the kidnapping, according to police. Gonzalez-Salinas, 33, of Costa Mesa, was also taken into custody.

Detectives learned from the female victim that she had previously met Davis at a Costa Mesa motel for a drug transaction but that she was subsequently forced to work as a prostitute for him in various areas of Orange County. She was with with Davis, Thompson and Gonzalez-Salinas in a Westminster motel, where Davis allegedly became angry with her, kept her tied up and often blindfolded in a closet and physically assaulted her intermittently.

Besides beatings and verbal threats against her and her family if she fled or contacted police, the woman said she had been tortured by Davis, who burned her with a heated glass narcotics pipe on various areas of her body, adding that at the Costa Mesa motel the accused pimp inflicted a larger and more severe burn with a hot electric clothing iron.

At the time of officers first made contact with her at the Days Inn, she's obviously suffered recent burns to her torso and other areas, contusions and a blackened eye, according to police. After her release from the hospital, she was taken to a shelter.

The three suspects were booked into Orange County Jail and charged with kidnapping, mayhem, torture, human trafficking and conspiracy charges. Davis was held without bail because of the parole violation, while Thompson and Gonzalez-Salinas were held in lieu of $1 million bail each.

The case against the trio is being coordinated with the Human Trafficking section of the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Anyone with more information that can help investigators is asked to contact Detective Bang Le at 714.754.5361 or Sgt. Ed Everett at 714.754.5395.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The Ghost of Rick James!

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

This pimp forgot to read Iceberg Slim. 

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Booking photos?  I live close enough to those shady motels on Newport Blvd.  There are some very sketchy meth head looking people riding their bikes or walking along Newport Blvd.  I always figured they must be hanging out at the motels.  The city should close them all down!

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@949girl Cops say booking photos aren't being released at this time due to the investigation.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@949girl Guess we're neighbors. That Stater Bros is always entertaining to walk into as well.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @949girl I always like to see booking photos especially of criminals who are local.  Not until I saw Curtis Regulus' photo did I realize he was the stranger who grabbed me once!  Scary stuff!  Come to find out he is a well known sex offender in the area!

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@vegandawg23 @949girl I was totally referring to the Stater Brothers crowd lol!  There are a lot of tweakers roaming around and it seems like a lot of middle aged woman too.  They are scary looking.  They ride their bikes and just look like crap.  Yep, I'm in eastside CM.  

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@949girl @whateveryousay You are welcome.  My office is just down off Bristol and I occasionally drive down that street and it definitely looks shady.  I see those meth/heroin-looking people and it makes me cringe.  

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@949girl @MatthewTCoker That reminds me of this, also in Costa Mesa, where they also are not supplying a mugshot, just describing him:

Costa Mesa Police Detective personnel are investigating information received regarding incidents of sexual battery, which occurred in the south area of the city, including Heller Park in the 200 block of E. 16th Street.
Last week, Costa Mesa Police received information via social media regarding a person of concern frequenting Heller Park. The information described a male subject, apparently transient, frequenting the park and approaching individual women and/or groups of women (mothers and nannies) along with children. The subject was reported to engage in unsolicited conversation, described as inappropriate, asking questions and attempting to place his hand on the back of the women or children.
On July 21, officers had responded to the park where they contacted and identified the subject as Mark Marroquin.

Toejam
Toejam

That Stater Bros, better known as Scary Bros", is FULL of boozers, druggies, and other assorted criminals/ losers walking around without shirts on, walking arounds barefooted and with parrots on their shoulders and staring at women and at their handbags. That store is the pitts...and it's thanks to those cheap motels/drug dens on Newport Blvd. and the hundreds of drug rehab half way houses that have sprung up in that area. You see these losers riding skateboards down the middle of the street and riding their bikes with in the dark with no lights on and blowing through four way stops. I keep waiting for one of these losers to get splattered all over the street.

Get rid of those crappy cheap motels on Newport Blvd. They do nothing but attract a criminal element to the area.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @949girl He sounds very similar to Curtis Regulus.  I've spoken to a detective and two officers on three separate occasions and Regulus is very well known around the department.  I know he isn't in jail any longer, he must have served his time while dealing with his charges and haven't seen him around town.  He's a hard guy to miss if you ever see him in person!  One of those people who will make your skin crawl!

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @949girl Thanks for the info.  I'll google him.  Heller Park, if that is the one behind Pitfire Pizza, that park has always given me the creeps.  

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Toejam re: it's thanks to those cheap motels/drug dens on Newport Blvd. and the hundreds of drug rehab half way houses that have sprung up in that area:

And those are thanks to the 55 fwy. extension.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@Toejam I agree.  As far as walking around with parrots on their shoulder I have seen one crazy woman twice wondering around with a white macau on her shoulder.  I think I know who you are referring to!  Seen her at CVS (the old Longs Drugs) and once pacing around Triangle Square while I was at happy hour at the Yard House.  I grew up in ECM.  I've had my car broken in to twice recently.  I've had a detective come to my house asking if I'd press charges against a local heroin addict who had my property in his room during a probation search, I didn't even know my ipod etc was missing until the police approached me.  Anyway, the cops told me that they mostly come over from the westside to burglarize cars for drugs and that heroin is making a come back.  There are just a lot of creepy people near Staters.  My friends mom was telling me I should shop there because it's less expensive than Ralphs or Vons but I'd rather spend more money than deal with the creeps.  The Ali Baba motel has always scared me!  Like who stays there!?  

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @Toejam I remember growing up before the freeway.  There was Newport Blvd with just a big pit in the center with dead grass, not a lot of businesses from what I can remember, small animals lived where the freeway is now.  The only business I really remember was the Feed Barn and it's only because I loved going there.  I really wish that they would close down the motels.  There are enough on Harbor Blvd to accomodate the druggies, the Costa Mesa Motor Inn and the Tahiti Inn come to mind!    

Toejam
Toejam

Druggies. That's it...nobody else.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@949girl @Toejam Was driving past the gas station on the other side of the 55 yesterday and saw some tourist with a camera. Remember thinking to myself "What the hell is there to take a picture of here?" (this wasn't some hipster douche artist wannabe) and looked across the freeway and saw she was taking a picture of the Taj Mahal replica.

Toejam
Toejam

LOL...just as interesting as anything you see on Hollywood Blvd.  

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