Why was a seventeen-year-old repeatedly punched in the stomach and head? She says her sin was wanting to stop hooking -- and that allegedly angered Chester Gray, Frank Devoe and Ryann Pangle, who've been charged with crimes ranging from trafficking in children to second-degree kidnapping.
The statements of probable cause for Gray, Devoe and Pangle (they're on view below) tell the tale. According to the documents, the victim was approached by Devoe, known to her as "Big Red," and asked if she was "ready to make some money" by "selling pussy." She was then taken to a home on the 12000 block of East Elmendorf Place, where she was made a charge of a woman named Carmell -- a relationship formalized when several people held her down so the word "Carmell" could be tattooed on the upper-right portion of her chest. Carmell and Gray then allegedly forced her to pose for photographs wearing lingerie and a wig and gave her the price breakdown for her services: $80 for oral sex, $100 for "regular sex," and $200 for "two girls."
Four "dates" later, the seventeen-year-old decided she'd had enough. But Pangle, known to her as "Juicy," didn't much like that idea, according to the report. She forced the teen onto a bed and began to rub and pat her vagina while telling her, "This is how a guerrilla pimp would do it." This reference to keeping her in line didn't stop her from trying to escape, and while she says Carmell and an African-American woman began punching her in the face and body, she still managed to get outside. However, she says she was forced back into the house by the pair, joined by Pangle.
Shortly thereafter, the seventeen-year-old managed to get away a second time and convinced a guy who lived nearby to let her use his cell phone. But the three women soon put a stop to that, taking the phone and explaining to the guy that the victim was drunk.
The third escape attempt proved to be the charm, though. Shortly after the teen reached the police and spilled her story, cops arrested Gray, Devoe and Pangle -- presumably leaving other suspects, including Carmell, still at large.
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The charges against Gray include trafficking in children, pimping of a child and procurement of a child, while Devoe faces counts of child procurement and inducement of child prostitution. For her part, Pangle is accused of second-degree kidnapping, unlawful sexual contact and third-degree assault.
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Below, see booking photos of the suspects as well as the statements of probable cause. About the latter, note that Gray references Denver.Backpage.com, a service affiliated with Westword's parent company, Village Voice Media. Denver.Backpage.com's policy prohibits purchasing advertisements for illegal purposes. Moreover, adult ads in the print version of Westword do not upload online, and all adult ads are placed by individuals/advertisers as opposed to employees of Westword.
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