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Third man arrested in Raleigh alleged child trafficking

January 17, 2019
Kevin Rudolph, Marcus Gambrell, Tavian Crawford

A third man has been charged in a case of alleged human trafficking in Raleigh.

Tavian Crawford, 33, of Raleigh, was charged with statutory rape of a child.

A warrant for his arrest, issued Tuesday, said he had sex with a 14-year-old.

Two men have been previously charged in the case.

Police said Kevin Harold Rudolph, 23, of 515 New Bern Ave., kept a 14-year-old girl against her will in a room at the Motel 6 on Appliance Court, off Capital Boulevard, and forced her to work for him as a prostitute.

Rudolph is charged with human trafficking of a child, sexual servitude of a child and promoting prostitution. He was arrested Jan. 4.

Marcus Antwan Gambrell, 27, of 400 N. Fisher Street in Raleigh, was also charged with human trafficking of a child, sexual servitude of a child and promoting prostitution. He was arrested Jan. 8.

Rudolph’s criminal record shows drug charges in 2012 and that he served two years probation and did community service after a robbery charge in 2014.

Judith Linder, who lives in the neighborhood near the motel, called Rudolph’s arrest and the charge shocking.

“It’s scary,” she said. “It could have been anyone. It could have been me. It could have been my child.”

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