US postal worker Ivan Crisostomo of Sacramento was reunited with 16-year-old Crystal Allen on Thursday after saving her from sex traffickers two months ago.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. On June 8th, Crisostomo Was Working His Normal Route in South Sacramento When he Heard a Desperate Cry Coming From Behind a Bush
“I heard this crying, this desperate crying,” Crisotomo told FOX 40 Sacramento. “I saw her hiding behind this kind of bush, kind of tree.”
“They keep putting things in me,” Crystal told Crisostomo as she pointed to her arm. “They’re coming to get me.”
Crisostomo, who was just married back in March, has four children of his own. He knew he had to find out if Crystal had any family so he could help reunite her to them. It was instantly apparent to Crisostomo that Crystal was a being abused and likely a victim of sex trafficking.
2. Crystal Was in The Car With Her Two Captors When She Heard Them Plotting Her Death, so She Risked Her Life to Escape
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“They told me that they were taking me somewhere to hurt me and I kind of just thought I’d grow the balls and jump out the car,” Crystal told KTXL.
When she heard her two captors plotting to hurt her, she made the decision to jump out of the car. She was able to snatch the cell phone of one of the men as she jumped out and ran into the street.
She had to get somewhere safe before she could call her mother, so she hid behind a bush and that’s where Ivan found her.
“Until she handed the phone to Ivan and we spoke with him, we had no idea what was going on,” Crystal’s mother, Stacey Ohman, said to KTXL. “We had no idea where she was or anything.”
“Terror … She was frantic … I didn’t know what was going on, I couldn’t even talk to her she was so upset and that’s when I told her she had to reach out to someone for safety and she gave the phone to Ivan and he instantly kicked into gear and told me he’d save my daughter,” Stacey told CBS13 Sacramento.
3. Crisostomo Had Crystal Sit in His Mail Truck Until The Police Arrived
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“Don’t worry. Nobody’s going to take you. I’m here for you,” said Crisotomo to the visibly shaken Crystal Allen. “Don’t worry.”
Oak Park, where Crisostomo found Crystal, is a high crime area.
“There is lots of drugs, prostitution, gangs in that area, so Ivan standing …read more