Alleged kidnapping victim rescued by law enforcement

Deputies with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 7, 2019, received a call for service concerning an 18-year-old girl who allegedly had been kidnapped and held against her will in the Houston area.

“During the investigation, our deputies worked hard along with our local dispatchers to run down and track leads which led back to the North Houston area. Deputies contacted Harris County Pct. 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Office to relay the information and assist them with the case,” said San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers in an emailed statement.

Deputies with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s office tracked the cell phones to the 14600 block of Walters Road and were able to locate the victim along with a 16-year-old female sitting in a vehicle at a corner store parking lot.

The suspect in this case reportedly fled the scene on foot, but after an extensive search of the area, deputy constables were able to locate and identify him as Tevin McClendon. Further investigation allegedly revealed McClendon kidnapped the victim while brandishing a handgun, then took her to a motel, sexually assaulted her and had intentions on taking her to Louisiana to be trafficked for sex. 

McClendon allegedly told her he would force her to have sex for money. Further investigation has shown both girls were kidnapped in the Houston area.

The victim was later released to her mother after being evaluated at a local hospital.

Tevin McClendon was found to have outstanding felony warrants for Aggravated Assault-Family Member and a Parole Violation Warrant for Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle. Charges for the offenses of Human Trafficking, Kidnapping, and Sexual Assault will be filed on a later date, pending further investigation by Harris County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office.

Capers said that the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office will continue to coordinate its investigation with the Harris County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office as this is still an ongoing investigation. 

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