Authorities in Georgia arrested a man accused of hiring eight women to dance for him in his million-dollar mansion where he instead held them against their will.
Police arrested Kenndric Roberts, 33, and charged him with false imprisonment and trafficking a person for labor. He was in jail Thursday morning with his initial court appearance scheduled for later in the day.
“What we believe is he was luring these women to this house with promises of either modeling careers or financial assistance,” Sandy Springs police Sgt. Sam Worsham told WSB-TV. “We’re not 100% sure on that. The investigation is continuing.”
The women were escorted from the home following a 911 call placed Tuesday morning by one of Roberts’ alleged captives.
“I’m in a very bad situation, and I need help,” she told the police dispatcher.
She continued on to say that she and the other women there were forced to dance for money and explained she met Roberts on the social media site Seeking Arrangements, which connects women with wealthy men.
She claimed her boss, who she simply described as a man with a gun named “Ken something,” told her she could leave whenever she wanted — but threatened to kill her if she actually did.
“He’s so mean, I just can’t stay,” she said.
Throughout the 14-minute 911 call, the woman repeatedly emphasizes that there’s nothing illegal going on, only that she’s scared to leave.
“Does he know holding someone against their will is illegal?” the dispatcher asked her.
“He is so smart. He knows exactly what he’s doing,” the woman replied. “He’ll be like, ‘You can leave whenever you want,’ and then he’ll threaten you right after.”
She said out of all the women there, she was the only one that wanted to leave. She told the operator she planned on calling a car to pick her up and then running from the house because friends got her a flight to Orlando.
None of the women required medical attention when they were rescued from the home.
According to Fulton property records, the brick two-story home is a total of 6,808 square feet. It boasts five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms.