Woman Arrested For Stealing Car Claims She Was Escaping Human Trafficking

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January 14, 2020 - 8:12 am

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CRAWFORD COUNTY (WWJ) - Two men have been arrested in Northern Michigan after an Ypsilanti woman accused them of human trafficking.

The situation unfolded around 3 a.m. Friday when deputies from the Roscommon County Sheriffs Office took a woman into custody for stealing a vehicle. The woman told police she took the car to escape a home on Roberta Drive in Crawford County where she was being forced to clean and perform acts of prostitution.

The woman said she had been brought up north from Ypsilanti a few days earlier and was being held against her will by two suspects, identified as James Manford Jarrell and Jeffrey Allen Kobel, both 50. The woman also alleged the men were dealing drugs out of the home.

Michigan State Police executed a search warrant at the home and arrested Jarrell and Kobel. 

Jarrell is charged with two counts of first-degree of criminal sexual conduct, unlawful imprisonment and habitual offender -- fourth offense. Bond was set at $100,000. If convicted as charged, he faces up to life in prison.

Kobel is charged with unlawful imprisonment and habitual offender -- third offense. Bond was set at $25,000. If convicted as charged, he faces 15 years in prison.

Both remain lodged in the Crawford County Jail. Their next scheduled court appearance is January 28.