Two Cleveland siblings were arrested in a human trafficking investigation Wednesday after exchanging gunfire with federal and state agents during a raid, authorities said.
Reuben and Dominique Rankin, ages 34 and 29, have yet to be charged with any criminal activity, a spokesperson for the Ohio Attorney General’s Workplace stated. They were jailed after the raid.
Reuben Rankin, 34, and Dominique Rankin, 29, were detained Wednesday in a human trafficking case.
Agents surrounded a home around 7 a.m. Wednesday, the Plain Dealership reported
A law enforcement source told the paper that Reuben Rankin fired at least one gunshot at the officers. They returned fire, however no one was injured in the exchange, stated Migration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Khaalid Walls.
Five kids in between 6 months and 3 years of ages were removed from the home following the raid, according to a county spokesperson. The details of the human trafficking investigation were not right away clear. The Ohio Attorney General Workplace Task Force and the Cuyahoga County Constable’s Department are investigating.
The brothers’ arrest is the current in a long criminal rap sheet dating back almost 15 years. Reuben Rankin has actually been found guilty in numerous incidents of kidnapping, attack, and heist, for which he has served jail time.
Dominque Rankin served one year in jail after pleading guilty to sexually attacking a 5-year-old woman, the Plain Dealership reported. In that case, he was purchased to register as a sex wrongdoer, which he stopped working to do, resulting in a July sentence of two years’ probation.