People v Paul Booker, Jason Beasley & Ruben Mitchell

On September 23, 2016, a jury convicted defendants Paul Booker, Jason Antoine Beasley, and Ruben Manzell Mitchell of numerous offences and enhancements, including kidnapping, torture, assault with a firearm, attempted pandering, and human trafficking for commercial sex. Defendants Booker and Mitchell were additionally convicted of rape by a foreign object as well as assault with a deadly weapon.

In 2013, 17-year-old Jane Doe ran away from home and was living on a friend's couch, making money in the commercial sex trade to survive. She knew Defendants Booker and Beasley, and previously Defendant Booker had propositioned her, offering to work as her 'pimp'. Ms Doe declined to work for him. On June 2, 2013, Ms Doe spent the night with Defendant Beasley at an apartment in San Leandro. The following day, Ms Doe and defendant Beasley intended to go out of town in order for Ms Doe to work as a prostitute. Before leaving, defendant Beasley drove Ms Doe to Oakland.

While driving in Oakland, Ms Doe and Defendant Beasley passed defendant Booker. Ms Doe became uncomfortable and asked to be dropped off where she was living. However, defendant Beasley did not drop her off and pulled into a down a side street near the area of 56th and Bancroft. As they were driving down the street, Defendant Booker’s silver Infiniti drove down the street, toward them. Defendant Booker blocked Defendant Beasley’s car, and Ms Doe saw 5 men inside Defendant Booker's car.

Defendant Booker, armed with a firearm, and the other men got out of the car and demanded Ms Doe get out of Defendant Beasley’s car and “work for him.” Defendant Beasley did not drive away or attempt to prevent her from being kidnapped by defendant Booker and the other men. Defendant Booker and the other men then forcefully pulled Ms Doe from the car. Ms Doe resisted and Defendant Booker struck Ms Doe repeatedly struck in the head with his gun in order to make her to comply. At first, Ms Doe was forced into the floor well of the front passenger seat, before they forced her into the trunk of the car. While in the trunk of Defendant Booker's car, she lost consciousness numerous times due to her head injuries.

They arrived at Defendant Booker's residence on 79th Ave, and Ms Doe was carried from the trunk into the apartment. They removed her clothes, covered her face with a t-shirt, and bound her hands and feet with duct tape. Here, Defendants Booker, Beasley and Mitchell beat and tortured Ms Doe, but she continued to refuse to work as a prostitute for Defendant Booker. Defendant Booker took a nine inch hunting knife and sliced into Ms Doe's body seven times. Due to her injuries, she was in and out of consciousness, eventually awaking to find that she was lying on black plastic garbage bags. Ms Doe realized that she was alone, so she removed the duct tape around her hands and ankles and climbed out of the bedroom window. Once outside, Ms. Doe climbed a barbed wired fence and ran naked onto 79th Ave.

A neighbor saw Ms Doe naked and trying to jump the fence. She had an incredibly swollen face and was bleeding heavily from being sliced with a hunting knife. Ms Doe pleaded with the neighbor for help. He gave her the shirt off his back and went inside to call the police. While the neighbor was inside, Ms Doe hide underneath a car in the driveway. While going to call the police, Defendant Booker and Defendant Mitchell approached the security gate to the neighbor’s apartment. Defendant Booker asked his neighbor if there was a girl in his backyard. The neighbor noticed Defendants Booker and Mitchell both had guns tucked into their waistbands, and said there was no girl on his property. The defendants left.

OPD arrived to find her hiding under the neighbor’s car. In fear for her life, Ms Doe demanded that she be transported away from Defendant Booker’s location before she provided a statement. She confirmed the apartment complex where she was taken, and Defendant Booker’s car in which she was kidnapped. Defendant Booker’s car was located in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Ms Doe was treated by emergency medical personnel who removed a white t-shirt that was secured to her neck by duct tape. Forensic examination done on the duct tape found the left palm print of Defendant Mitchell.

Defendants Paul Booker, Jason Antoine Beasley, and Ruben Manzell Mitchell are scheduled to be sentenced on December 2, 2016.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Neil Layton with assistance from DA Inspector Tim Bergquist and Victim-Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

(Docket #178704)

Posted on Oct 17, 2016