Waco truck driver charged with human trafficking | KWKT

WACO, Texas (FOX44) – A McLennan County grand jury has filed human trafficking charges against Keyshun Oneal Russell, 34, who was arrested on those charges in New York and returned to Central Texas in April.

Waco police spokeswoman Cierra Shipley said the case against Russell was only opened after a 15-year-old runaway from Cleburne, Louisiana, was tracked down. The runaway had complained of sexual abuse that she said took place in Waco.

The runaway’s original case was also submitted to an outside agency. Waco police were notified on July 11, 2022. Shipley said when local detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit began investigating the local offense, they learned the victim may have been attacked multiple times in different states.

An affidavit states the victim ran away in Cleburne on May 23, 2022, and got into a truck for a ride that same day. The victim was later recovered in Shreveport, Louisiana, and was able to give officers information that led to the identification of the truck driver she had been with.

The affidavit states that during a forensic interview, the victim described being driven to Waco and spending two days there. The victim described being sexually abused every morning and every evening during the approximately ten days she was with the driver, including the time in Waco.

The affidavit states that during a phone interview, Russell denied having sex with the girl, saying he was only helping her get to family members in Louisiana.

The affidavit states that Russell initially failed to show up for a scheduled interview and refused to reveal his whereabouts. During a later in-person interview, police seized his phone and obtained a search warrant for its contents. A DNA sample was also taken.

The affidavit said phone records were reviewed and revealed that Russell had made numerous false statements, according to police. The affidavit said there were DNA matches to several items belonging to the victim. A warrant for arrest on a charge of first-degree human trafficking was issued by Judge Thomas C. West of the 19th District Court.

Russell was found and arrested in New York on February 29. He was extradited to Texas and booked into the McLennan County Jail.