Missing Chicago teen found in Tuscaloosa, man arrested on human trafficking charges

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A missing teenager from Chicago was found in Tuscaloosa Thursday thanks to a group of vigilant hotel employees who contacted police.

As a result of the investigation, a Michigan man was arrested on charges of human trafficking and second-degree possession of marijuana.

“The hotel staff took thoughtful action to check on the welfare of their guest without regard to their own safety,” said West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force commander Capt. Phil Simpson.

Tuscaloosa Police got a call just after 12:30 p.m. May 19 from a local hotel requesting a welfare check on a resident.

During a check-in at that time, front desk staff member Desiree Garrette said she noticed details she recognized as possible indicators of sex trafficking.

Desiree signaled a coworker, and they reported what they saw to supervisors, who took steps to verify the identity of the guest and check on her welfare before calling 911.

TPD patrol officers arrived on the scene along with investigators from the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force.

The guest tried to flee, but was caotyred nearby. WAHTTF investigators were able to identify the hotel guest as a 17-year-old recently reported missing from Chicago.

The investigation led to the arrest of Geremy Lemel Glass, 33, of Michigan. He was charged with first-degree human trafficking and second-degree possession of marijuana.

He is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail with no bond set on the trafficking charge and bond set at $6,000 for the marijuana charge. The missing teen will be transported home to Chicago.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department would like to thank the hotel staff for their diligence and for the lengths they went to in order to help recover this endangered juvenile.

The police department is not releasing the name or location of the hotel because of the ongoing investigation. Additional arrests are expected.

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