UPDATE: Teen Accused in Robbery Scheme Arrested

UPDATE 7/18/14
HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenager accused of luring men to a home in South Charleston for sex as part of a robbery scheme has been arrested in Harrison County, W.Va.

Cortney Cain,19, was arrested Thursday afternoon. Investigators had been searching for Cain for a week.

Detectives say Cain and at least two other people have been luring men to a home for sex. When those men arrived they were beaten and robbed, according to investigators.

Police say they believe there are as many as 25 victims in the robbery scheme.

Two other men, Brandon Bandy and Zachary Harrison, are in jail on charges connected to the crime.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/10/14
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Cheryl Vance thought a minister lived at 408 Elm Street in South Charleston.

Thursday, she found out it was quite the opposite.

"If I hadn't seen the news cars, I would have thought you were joking," said Vance.

No one was laughing when she found out police believe the home is where several men have been lured for sex before being beaten and robbed.

Last month, a man came forward saying he was coerced, online, by 19-year-old Cortney Cain.

When he got to the house, he says he was jumped by Brandon Bandy and Zachary Harrison.

WSAZ went and knocked on the door; Lynn Leccese answered.

"They beat him up," said Leccese, "It happened. I was on the porch."

WSAZ asked if that the first time she has witnessed something like that.

"Yes, first time, first time," said Leccese.

However, Bandy and Harrison tell a different story.

According to their statements, they believe Leccese knew exactly what was going on, and that and Cain did it two dozen times.

Police need a search warrant to dig through some stuff on the internet.

South Charleston detectives dug deep into Cain's meet-me profile.

They found over 170 conversations just in the past month, some discussing prostitution.

Police believe more victims are out there, but fear, is keeping them quiet.

"You're paying for sex, it's an illegal act," said Detective Aaron Cook. "The victim may be less inclinced to come report the crime."


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