2 men accused of beating woman who refused to become prostitute


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 3:14 PM

PHOENIX – Phoenix police arrested two men accused of beating a woman after she refused to become a prostitute.

Jalani Dehnay "John" Suggs, 31, and Justin Johnson, 30, face charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping.

Phoenix police were called to a hospital Wednesday regarding a woman who was seeking medical treatment and said she had been held against her will.

The woman told police that she met Johnson a couple of months ago and he introduced her to Suggs last weekend. She said both men attempted to persuade her to become involved in prostitution and when she refused, she was physically assaulted.

The victim said she was held at Suggs' house. Sgt. Steve Martos said the suspects also took her vehicle without her consent and refused to return any of her personal property.

The victim told police that she was placed in the trunk of a Maserati parked in Suggs' garage. When she was let out of the trunk, she was held in a bathroom and beaten by Suggs until she lost consciousness three separate times, according to Martos.

Suggs ultimately took her to the hospital, dropped her off and drove away.

The victim sustained a large cut to her head, which required about two dozen stitches. Detectives said her eyes and face were swollen and she had cuts, scratches and bruises on her neck, arms and sides, court documents show.

Police located Suggs and Johnson Thursday night. In an interview with detectives, Suggs admitted that the victim was at his house but said she fell out of a chair in the bathroom and that is what caused her injuries, according to court documents.

Both suspects were booked into jail. Each is being held on $100,000 bond.

Police served a search warrant at Suggs' home near 56th Street and Bell Road to search for evidence.

Martos said Suggs is a cousin of NFL player Terrell Suggs.