Three people, two of them juveniles, were taken into custody Thursday in connection with a prostitution investigation.
Two of the three were identified as Zachary Bevilcqua, 19, of Winfield, and Kendra Gonzalez, 17, of Wichita. The third was an unidentified 15-year-old girl from Sedgwick County.
The investigation began when Sedgwick County authorities contacted the RCPD Thursday requesting assistance in locating a runaway juvenile they believed was involved in prostitution in the Manhattan area.
Lt. Michael Quintanar said detectives located the 15-year-old girl at Americas Best Value Inn, 1501 Tuttle Creek Blvd. After further investigation, they located Bevilcqua and Gonzalez at the Manhattan Town Center mall. The two were believed to have brought her to Manhattan.
All three were detained while detectives searched their motel room. Quintanar said drugs were also found in their possession.
Detectives arrested Bevilcqua for aggravated trafficking, aggravated endangering of a child and possession of marijuana. He is confined to the Riley County Jail on $24,000 bond.
Gonzalez was detained for aggravated trafficking, aggravated endangering of a child, possession of marijuana, promoting prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was transported to the North Central Kansas Juvenile Detention Facility in Junction City.
Quintanar said the 15-year-old girl is a victim of aggravated trafficking and will not be charged with any offenses. She was also transported to the North Central Kansas Juvenile Detention Facility, but Quintanar said she will be released to Wichita as a child in need of care.