From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
BROOKSIDE — Brookside Police Department announced a person of interest in connection to a prostitution investigation turned himself in on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.
Logan Williams is cooperating with the investigation. Williams was placed under arrest for previous warrants in Jefferson County for failure to appear, burglary, theft and obstruction of justice, and has been given no bond.
No official charges have been filed against Williams in connection to the prostitution case.
However, felony arrest warrants have been issued for a second person of interest. Police are searching for Steven Hollier. Detectives believe Hollier is evading capture. He is facing charges of theft of services second degree and utility tampering.
On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, officers were called to the 100 block of Church Street to assist Alabama Power in an investigation over the theft of utilities.
Utility investigators said a white man fled from the home when they made contact with him. Brookside officers arrived on the scene and found a female prostitution victim inside. Police said the woman had been held in the home, drugged and forced against her will to have sex with men in exchange for money, drugs or stolen goods for more than a year.
Police said the home was in horrible condition with no running water or utilities, although it had been illegally wired for power.
“At approximately 12:15 p.m., the Brookside Tactical Operations Unit and Investigators executed a search warrant on the suspect residence,” police said in a statement. “Officers located a large amount of syringes, stolen credit cards and property from numerous victims in and around Jefferson, Walker, and Shelby county, narcotic paraphernalia, and additional confidential items of evidence.”
Police are also searching for information on several men who sexually assaulted the victim.
“We would like to remind the public the threat of human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual abuse, and drug abuse in our society is real,” police said. “It is here. It is next door. It is across the street. It is everywhere. No community is immune to the threat. Be educated, vigilant, and protect yourself from becoming a victim.”
Anyone with information on the location of Steven Hollier is asked to call Detective Bynum at (205) 674-9275.