Written by Staff
The Irving Police Department is currently investigating a human trafficking offense that has led to the arrest of 17-year-old Irving resident Travis Lekas. Irving police were made aware of the offense on May 3, when a 15-year-old female made an outcry about being the victim of a sexual assault.
Lekas brought the victim to his residence, where she remained under the influence of drugs and alcohol for three days. During that time, Lekas compelled the victim into becoming involved in prostitution.
Lekas and the victim attend the same school and know each other. Investigators have also learned that Lekas attempted to recruit other young girls into committing acts of prostitution. Police are in the process of identifying those girls and conducting interviews in order to determine if there are any other victims. An arrest warrant for human trafficking of a person younger than 18-years-old was issued for Lekas, and he was arrested without incident May 13.
Lekas is currently in custody at the Irving Jail on one count of human trafficking of a person younger than 18-years-old, one count of compelling prostitution and one count of sexual performance by a child. His bond has been set at $175,000.
Sexual Assault Investigation
The Irving Police Department is currently investigating a report of a sexual assault that occurred May 13 in the 1900 block of Muret.
At about 9 a.m., the victim was confronted by a male suspect as she walked out the front door of her home. The suspect forced her back into the residence and assaulted her. The victim was knocked unconscious during the attack and sexually assaulted. When the victim woke up the suspect was gone, so she immediately called the police.
The suspect was wearing all black clothing, including black gloves and a black mask. He is about 5’9”, weighs between 150 and 160 pounds, and has dark hair. The victim said he had a medium complexion and appeared to be either of Hispanic or Middle Eastern descent.
The Irving Police Department would like to remind everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to immediately call the police if they see someone or something suspicious. If anyone has information that could assist investigators in locating the suspect, they are asked to call the Irving Police at 972-273-1010.
On May 13, the Irving Police Department’s Special Investigations Section arrested four people for possession of marijuana under 2,000 pounds and seized 1,686 pounds of marijuana.
Investigators received an anonymous tip that a U-Haul truck containing a large amount of narcotics was parked inside the City of Irving. Investigators were able to locate the truck in the parking lot of a closed business on Irving Boulevard. While investigators were conducting surveillance on the truck, a vehicle dropped off a male who got into the truck and drove away. Officers were able to stop the U-Haul for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, a narcotics detection K-9 alerted to the vehicle while walking around the outside of the truck.
Investigators searched the cargo area of the truck and found over one hundred cardboard boxes containing marijuana. The marijuana was wrapped in plastic and secreted inside the cardboard boxes, which also contained powder cement. The estimated street value of the narcotics is $1.6 million.
The arrested men have been identified as 44-year-old Laurencio Hernandez Jr., 25-year-old Jose Alberto Flores, 21-year-old Oscar Hernandez and 36-year-old Juan Luis Rangel. Each has been charged with possession of marijuana under 2,000 pounds.
Source: Irving Police Department.