NC man charged with holding woman at warehouse

ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) - A man is charged with human trafficking with police saying he was holding a German woman against her will inside a secret room at a suburban Raleigh, North Carolina, warehouse.

Zebulon police on Monday charged 45-year-old Robert Whiteside with sexual servitude involving an adult victim and assault by strangulation.

Police Chief Timothy Hayworth told media outlets that officers received a tip from a man in Germany about his missing ex-wife. Hayworth says it appears Whiteside and the 34-year-old German citizen made contact through an online advertisement he posted seeking a companion.

Investigators went to the warehouse where Whiteside refurbishes bathtubs. Hayworth says investigators found a secret bedroom behind a closet wall.

Hayworth says the woman told police she arrived in Zebulon Wednesday.

Police and the FBI did not return messages to The Associated Press.


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