Narcotics and Special Investigations-Vice Unit
On September 6, 2019, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Vice Unit detectives located a prostitution advertisement on a website known by detectives to facilitate prostitution and human trafficking. Vice detectives began an investigation which led them to a hotel located in the 1300 block of Winterson Road in Linthicum. At that location, an undercover detective obtained a solicitation for a sex act from an adult female in exchange for money. Additionally, two male suspects, later identified as Saeed Ebrahimnejad and Benjamin Wagner, were observed exiting the hotel and leaving the area in a vehicle.
Further investigation revealed that Ebrahimnejad and Wagner had been holding the adult female victim against her will and forcing her to engage in prostitution. Additionally, detectives learned that Ebraimnejad had assaulted the adult female on several occasions.
Detectives located and arrested Ebrahimnejad and Wagner and found both suspects to be in possession of crack cocaine (total weight of 22.81 grams).
A search warrant was executed at the hotel room resulting in the recovery of numerous pieces of evidence including a handgun registered to Ebrahimnejad.
The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment and provided with shelter resources and other services.