(EMPORIA, Kan.) — The Flying J was more than just a truck stop Saturday night. Emporia Police Chief Gary Smith says an accused pimp from Wichita used it as a business venture. He says Lamonte Brown took a break from a road trip to Kansas City, to earn some extra cash.
Brown was travelling with two women and a teenager.
"Once we figured out that there was a 16 year old involved, we were a little concerned,” Smith said.
According to a police report, officers found a stolen van at the truck stop with the two women and teen nearby. But before they could question Brown, he ran off into the woods.
"Brown has a fairly lengthy history in Sedgwick County. He has been identified as a known associate with one of the local gangs there,” Smith said.
Chief Smith says an eyewitness was instrumental to exposing this case. A call came from a victim's advocate passing through the area. Chief Smith says the advocate saw the young girl knocking on truck doors. So she called police. A victim's center here in Emporia says keep in mind, the 16 year old isn't the only victim here.