Police in Milwaukee have arrested Benjamin Hooks, 24, after his victim managed to escape and tell the police a horrifying story.
Hooks had allegedly kept the woman captive, who came to the home to care for the home’s elderly caretaker. Hooks kept her on a dog leash in the basement, where she was tied up, blindfolded and raped by several men.
Hooks had finally left the house to appear in court on other human trafficking charges, and that’s when the 19-year-old girl had staged a daring escape.
The Daily Mail reports:
Benjamin Hooks, 24, is accused of forcing the teenager to wear a dog collar while she was tied down, blindfolded and raped by multiple men at the home on the city’s north side during the fall of 2016.
The victim told police she would only get one to two meals a day and she had to share them with a pit bull that was also locked in the basement with her, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Fox6.
The woman said she managed to escape the brutality when Hooks had to leave the house to attend a court appearance.
He is currently facing a string of human trafficking charges in a separate case involving a 20-year-old woman and 15-year-old girl.
The woman told investigators that she had gone to live at the home – which features three homes adjacent to each other – to take care of the 69-year-old female property owner.
She said people, including Hooks, started showing up and taking over the property shortly after she arrived.
The homeowner told Fox6 that Hooks had made a home there secretly after someone had moved out.
‘I didn’t have a f***ing thing to do with this. He snuck in. He snuck in and did it,’ she said.
Hooks has at least three open cases that were filed between January and May this year.
His charges include: substantial battery, intentional bodily harm, habitual criminality repeater, first degree sexual assault, use of a dangerous weapon and false imprisonment.
Finally, he was hit with a last charge of human trafficking in May.