Two Arrested for Tampering with a Witness in an Upcoming Trial
Alisa Haynes, age 43, and Alexis Fortune, age 24, both of Toledo, Ohio, were placed into custody on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m. without incident by agents from the Cleveland Division of the FBI, Toledo Resident Agency. Arrest warrants for both women were issued in the Northern District of Ohio United States District Court (federal) for tampering with a witness, victim or an informant.
In 2017, three individuals, Kenneth Butler, Cordell Jenkins, and Anthony Haynes were indicted and charged with sex trafficking of children, production of child pornography and other charges. A jury trial regarding Anthony Haynes, Cordell Jenkins, and Laura Lloyd-Jenkins is scheduled to commence on January 22, 2019. The victim in this case is scheduled to testify.
According to the criminal complaint, on January 5, 2019 at approximately midnight, the victim scheduled to testify was at home with her minor sister when she received a knock on the door. The victim recognized the voice to be that of Alexis Fortune, Anthony Haynes’ step-daughter. When the victim opened the door she saw a person wearing a mask, black gloves, and brandishing a silver revolver, later identified as Alexis Fortune. Fortune pointed the gun at the victim’s head and forced her way into the apartment. Within a short time, Alisa Haynes knocked on the door and entered the apartment.
Over the next few hours the victim was threatened, choked, and told not to testify at Anthony Haynes’ upcoming trial.
The victim told Haynes and Fortune she needed to go to Wal-Mart, the four females left the victim’s apartment and traveled to two different Wal-Mart locations and drove to other locations in the Toledo area. During the time in the vehicle, it is alleged that Fortune choked the victim again with the computer cord that had previously been used in the victim’s apartment.
At one point, the victim and her minor sister escaped from the vehicle and fled on foot. Fortune chased the two females with a tan colored bat in her hand while Haynes followed beside them in the vehicle telling the victim and her minor sister to get back in the car.
During the time in the vehicle, Haynes expressed her concern over the victim testifying in the upcoming trial. Haynes suggested the victim make a voice recording recanting her previous statements to law enforcement regarding the charges against Anthony Haynes. The victim made this recording.
This case is being investigated by the FBI Cleveland Division, Toledo Resident Agency’s Northwest Violent Crime Task Force and is prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Ohio.
This investigation is considered to be on-going and no further information can be provided outside of the filed criminal complaints.
A charge is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.