Police: 17-year-old escapes human trafficking in northeast Charlotte

Photo: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office 

A 17-year-old young woman was able to escape the grips of human trafficking as she managed to get to a local northeast Charlotte restaurant and ask for help, according to police. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers responded to a motel located at 5115 Reagan Drive at 4:50 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 in reference to a reported assault. 

As officers arrived on scene, witnesses told them that the victim, a 17-year-old young woman, had been assaulted and kidnaped by an unknown man. Both had left the motel before officers arrived. 

At 5:38 p.m., officers responded to the Captain D's at 123 Eastway Drive in response to a 911 call stating that a woman was inside the restaurant and had been kidnaped. When officers arrived, they located the young woman, whose name will not be released, and the suspect, identified as Patrick McManus, 25. He was arrested on scene, police said. 

According to police, the 17-year-old had known the suspect for less than one week. After a few days, the suspect had told the victim she had to work as a prostitute to earn him money. When she refused, she was periodically threatened and assaulted by McManus. 

The young woman was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. McManus has since been charged with kidnaping, human trafficking, assault on a female, assault by strangulation, assault on a government official, damage to property, two counts of malicious conduct by a prisoner, resist/obstruct/delay, and promoting prostitution. 

After McManus was interviewed and being transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail, police said he was able to maneuver his handcuffs to the front of his body and assault the officer driving. Another officer responded and they attempted to secure him again when he spit on the two officers and kicked the patrol car door, damaging it. McManus was restrained again, this time with more restraining methods. McManus was taken to Novant Health for an evaluation. 

Once released from the hospital, McManus will be taken to Mecklenburg County Jail. McManus has a lengthy criminal record, with 29 prior arrests in Mecklenburg County dating back to 2016.