TOOELE — A man who had just been released from jail now faces charges of trying to force a woman to engage in prostitution.
The charges are the latest in a recent series of run-ins with the law for Albert Ishintin Givens, 31, who is from Sacramento but is currently listed in court documents as homeless.
Givens was charged Monday in Tooele County’s 3rd District Court with aggravated exploitation of prostitution, a second-degree felony.
According to jail and court records, Givens was arrested by Unified police on May 24 for interfering with a public servant. Officers were trying to serve a protective custody warrant and Givens “was told repeatedly to stay away from officers, the children and DCFS workers,” according to a police affidavit. He failed to obey commands and had to be physically restrained, the affidavit states.
Two days after his May 24 arrest, according to charging documents filed Monday, Givens drove with a woman to Flying J, 1605 E. Saddleback Blvd., in Lakepoint, Tooele County, and told her “she had to have sexual intercourse with some of the truckers to get him some money or he was going to beat her face in,” according to charging documents.
After walking around the parking lot, the woman went into the Flying J office and asked for help, the charges state, and police were called.
Another police affidavit states that Givens was also arrested in Salt Lake City late that same night after officers responded to a domestic violence call. According to a police affidavit, Givens “cut and shaved the hair from the top of his girlfriend’s head during an argument, smacked her in the face and punched her on the top of the head, all while in the presence of a 3-year-old child.”
Givens resisted police after he was arrested, telling officers “multiple times that the police would have to kill him before he would go into the (police) vehicle,” the affidavit states.
He also threatened to kill the girlfriend, according to the affidavit. When Givens received a pretrial release from the Salt Lake County Jail on that case, he was served with a court order to stay away from the woman, according to the affidavit.
But on June 1, Givens went to where the girlfriend was staying and was arrested, and later charged in 3rd District Court with violating the conditions of his jail release, according to charging documents.
Givens was also arrested on May 2 for investigation of drug possession and four counts of endangering a child. On that day, a Wendover police officer and a Utah Highway Patrol trooper found Givens in the passenger seat of a car right after he had allegedly just overdosed on drugs, according to a police affidavit. Police found heroin in Givens’ pocket, the affidavit states.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available at 1-800-799-7233 and the Utah LINKLine at 1-800-897-5465 for confidential assistance.