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2 men accused of kidnapping woman, forcing her into prostitution

Edward Bell (left) and Octavia Howard (right) are accused of kidnapping a woman and trying to force her into prostitution.

June 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies arrested two men accused of kidnapping a woman and trying to force her into prostitution.

Edward Bell, 28, and Octavia Howard, 28, were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday and were being held on $250,000 bail.

Officials said Bell picked up a 22-year-old woman in Long Beach and assaulted her when she refused to work as a prostitute.

Authorities said both suspects then drove her to San Bernardino, threatened her again and then dropped her off with no phone, ID or money. She flagged down a passing deputy for help.

Anyone with information about the case was urged to call the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department at (909) 387-3545.


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