HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An 18-year-old Adelanto man was arrested after officials located two runaway underage girls who said they were being forced into prostitution by the suspect, officials said.
It happened on July 10, 2018, at a truck stop along US Highway 395 near the intersection of the 15-freeway. Investigators from the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force responded to assist Sheriff’s deputies from the Hesperia Station, who were out with a 15-year-old female (victim #1) who reported she was the victim of Human Trafficking and needed assistance.
During the initial contact with the Hesperia deputies, the victim described being brought to the truck stop parking lot, along with another 14-year-old girl (victim #2), by the suspect and being directed by him to prostitute herself. The 15-year-old refused to prostitute herself and was left at the truck stop by the suspect, described only as “Nikko”, officials said.
According to a sheriff’s news release, victim #1 informed deputies that the 14-year-old girl had participated in prostitution while at the truck stop at the direction of the suspect who was still with her. “It was later discovered by deputies, both victims were listed as runaways from within San Bernardino County,” stated the release.
Through additional investigation, Task Force members were able to positively identify the suspect as Nikolas Caver of Adelanto. It was also determined he was on Felony Probation and investigators went to his residence.
“Shortly after arriving, investigators noticed subjects fitting the description of Caver and victim #2 leaving the area in a dark-colored SUV. They initiated an enforcement stop upon the vehicle, detaining Caver and victim #2 without incident. Both were transported to the Adelanto Sheriff’s Station for additional interview/investigation.
According to the news release, during the investigation, investigators discovered information supporting the allegations of Victim #1, as well as other evidence indicating Caver was involved in the Pimping and Pandering of both victims.
Caver was transported and booked at the High Desert Detention Center for Felony violations of Pimping, Pandering and Human Trafficking of Minors, with bail set at $150,000. Additionally, Caver was booked for a Probation Violation with a no-bail status.
“Both victims were rescued, offered assistance and transported/booked at the High Desert Juvenile Detention Center for warrants related to their runaway status,” stated the release.
This investigation is ongoing and investigators believe there are other unidentified victims related to this case and are asking that anyone with information related to this investigation, please contact the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force at (909)387-8400. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME or you may leave information on the WE-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.