BELLEVUE, WA— A 24-year-old man arrested at a Bellevue hotel last week now faces charges related to promoting prostitution, tampering with a witness and violating a court no-contact order, according to King County prosecutors.
Isaiah Kanehisa-Glenn was arrested during a joint operation between Bellevue detectives and the FBI at the Hilton on Thursday, Aug. 27.
According to investigators, Kanehisa-Glenn posted advertisements on several prostitution websites, which included a photograph of the victim, a 22-year-old woman, then used his personal cell phone to arrange meetings. Court filings say an FBI agent working to identify sex trafficking victims online found one of the posts and tracked the phone number to the suspect.
Prosecutors said the agent also learned Kanehisa-Glenn had been arrested by Seattle police in July, on suspicion of domestic violence assault, robbery and unlawful imprisonment. The agent also determined the victim in that case appeared to be the same woman pictured in the online advertisement.
The agent called the number in the ad, posing as a buyer, and arranged a meeting at the hotel. Bellevue detectives arrived on the floor where the room was located and waited outside the door as the agent informed the person on the phone that he had arrived at the hotel.
According to prosecutors, Kanehisa-Glenn left the room shortly after and was quickly identified by detectives and detained. An officer knocked on the hotel room door and detected movement inside, but no one answered. A few seconds later, another detective reported a woman had left the room from the balcony and climbed down, attempting to get into other units.
Police brought the woman inside, confirmed that she was the woman in the posts and placed her under arrest on suspicion of prostitution. In a news release, the department said she would be connected with “appropriate social services.”
Inside the hotel room, officers found more than $4,000 in cash, according to police.
Prosecutors requested that bail be set at $350,000, citing Kanehisa-Glenn’s previous arrest. According to court filings, in the Seattle case, Kanehisa-Green had demanded $3,000 from the same woman and repeatedly physically assaulted her, later sending texts threatening to kill her. Prosecutors said the suspect also placed several phone calls from jail, following the prostitution arrest, asking another woman to “call and influence” the victim.
An arraignment hearing is scheduled Sept. 15 at the King County Courthouse in Seattle.
Bellevue residents with information on potential victims of sex trafficking are encouraged to contact Vice detectives via e-mail.