Two Emeryville Residents charged with Allegedly Luring minor Into Prostitution

Published On May 12, 2016 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

On Wednesday morning, The Emeryville Police Department served two warrants and searched an apartment on the 1100 block of 54th Street in connection with a missing 15-year-old developmentally disabled female from Pleasant Hill. 26-year-old Emeryville resident Jadonna Alfay Thibodeaux and 28-year-old Christopher Crutcher also of Emeryville were both arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, abduction of a minor with intent to prostitute and pimping a minor victim under 16 years old.

According to an EPD press release, these arrests were the result of an investigation that began on April 30th when the Pleasant Hill Police Department contacted the EPD regarding an investigation of a missing juvenile. Pleasant Hill PD had located a phone number for a Christopher Crutcher within the juvenile’s phone records. When detectives called the number to inquire about the missing juvenile, Crutcher denied knowing the missing girl or her whereabouts. Within hours of the call, the juvenile was located at the Pleasant Hill BART Station.

Shortly after being reunited with her family, the juvenile disclosed information about how she met Crutcher on a bus in Contra Costa County and he enticed her to stay with him and his wife for a few days at their Emeryville home. While the victim was staying with the suspects, they allegedly tried to get the juvenile to work for them as a prostitute. Crutcher also allegedly had unlawful sexual intercourse with the juvenile. A semi-automatic Glock pistol with a loaded 30 round magazine was also located in the residence.

28-year-old suspect Christopher Crutcher was arrested and charged with:

  • Contributing to the delinquency of the minor
  • Abduction of a Minor with intent to Prostitute
  • Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm
  • Willful Cruelty to a Child Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury
  • Pimping a Minor Victim Under 16 Years Old
  • Lewd and Lascivious Act with a Child
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm & Ammunition
  • Possession of 30 round (fully loaded) Magazine for a Glock Pistol

26-year-old suspect Jadonna Alfay Thibodeaux was arrested and charged with:

  • Child Endangerment
  • Abduction of a Minor with intent to Prostitute
  • Pimping a Minor Victim Under 16 Years Old

Crutcher is being held without bail and both are scheduled to be arraigned on Friday. The couple have two biological children ages 3 & 7 who were taken into protective custody according to this Mercury News piece. SFGate is reporting that two other children ages 11 and 14, were inside the residence and handed over to Child Protective Services. Police did not find evidence that the four children were abused.

The Emeryville Police Department encourages anyone who may have further information about this case or other victims to contact Detective Brian Head at (510) 596-3774 and refer to case #1605-0042. Callers can opt to remain anonymous.


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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

3 Responses to Two Emeryville Residents charged with Allegedly Luring minor Into Prostitution

  1. Andre' Carpiaux says:

    It appears the social services has been missing its target to protect the minor(s)
    May be she found protection with her so-called abductors.
    Is taking care of a disoriented minor becoming a crime of assumed prostitution

  2. Andre' Carpiaux says:

    The reporting is somewhat unfair, its sounds like from a criminal prosecution point of view in which those two adults may be otherwise ” Homeless ” rescuer ! Is good deed still exist ?
    Is the 15 yrs old girl an escapee from a maddening home atmosphere ? did the parents chased her from home and now are conveniently changing their output story ? Was the girl forced into
    a sexual conduct leading to become a prostitute ( what else is new with women ) ? Show me the money ? show me the John(s) ? is the guys her age would be ” boyfriend(s) ” and that those older would be classified as Johns or even worse as Rapist ? draw me the age line ?
    I could not be but on the defensive when reading this kind of story, this is most uncomfortable if it happens that one or both of those charged people turn out to be people i know !
    This is small town and a defamation of character may have an impact on their future livelihood .

    Andre’ Carpiaux

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