A Federal Way man was recently charged for allegedly beating and robbing a 16-year-old girl he previously trafficked into sex work along Pacific Highway, according to King County Superior Court documents.
Reginald Amon Turner, 21, was charged on Feb. 28 with promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.
He pleaded not guilty on March 3 and his next court hearing is June 23.
Charging documents state that Turner allegedly “brutally beat, pistol-whipped, and robbed a 16-year-old girl. The defendant had previously trafficked this child to sex buyers along Pacific Highway, forcing her to have sex with men for his financial gain.”
Turner has been convicted of multiple violent offenses which forbid him from possessing a gun, documents state, adding that he has a “substantial history of threatening behavior with firearms.”
In 2020, he was charged with felony harassment for allegedly pistol-whipping a 16-year-old girl, then pointing the same gun at her face a week later.
According to the recent charging documents:
At about 1 p.m. Jan. 21, the 16-year-old girl and her sister were in a friend’s car when they stopped at the ampm gas station near South 272nd Street along Pacific Highway South. While parked, two people the girl knew previously had driven up.
The driver was identified as Turner and the passenger was his girlfriend. The girlfriend was upset at the 16-year-old girl for allegedly sleeping with Turner, documents state. The girl and her friends then drove to the nearby Park and Ride, where Turner and his girlfriend arrived a minute later.
The girlfriend exited the car and began yelling at the girl while Turner exited the car allegedly pointing a gun at the girl.
Turned reportedly also pointed the gun at the girl’s sister, documents state.
The girlfriend began punching the girl, then Turner allegedly joined in punching and striking the girl in the head with the pistol.
The girl’s cheekbones were bruised from getting stomped, along with other cuts and scrapes.
“Her forehead was bruising and scraped from the pavement while he was kicking and pistol whipping her,” documents stated.
Turned reportedly struck the girl about six times with the pistol and the girlfriend punched her about a dozen times.
After the beating, Turner and the girlfriend allegedly stole her Nike shoes and her jacket before fleeing the scene. The sisters then got a ride to Southcenter Mall in Tukwila and called their mom to pick them up. The girl was taken to St. Anne’s Hospital for treatment.
The girl later told investigators that she first met Turner in September 2021 when he allegedly forced her to prostitute herself to repay a $50 debt she owed to her ex-boyfriend, documents state.
Around this time, the girl said Turner saw her on Pacific Highway in Federal Way, made her get into his car and wouldn’t let her leave.
The girl said she had sex with two men and made about $160, which she gave to Turner. She spent the night in a Twin Lakes apartment where another man guarded the door the entire night, she told investigators. When Turner fell asleep, the girl escaped.
Video footage from the gas station showed Turner and his girlfriend were in the area of the ampm on the day of the Jan. 21 assault.
Police also found the car Turner was driving belonged to his grandfather.
He was arrested on Feb. 17 by King County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Deputies located a loaded automatic pistol in his pocket, along with $1,000 in cash and 54 blue oxycodone pills.
In an interview with law enforcement, Turner admitted he is not supposed to possess firearms and said he found the gun while car prowling the night before. He also said the drugs were for his personal use. Turner allegedly told law enforcement he was in the footage from the ampm gas station, but denied robbing anyone.