• Man held 2 women captive at Eatonville home, forced them into prostitution, police say

    By: Megan Cruz

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    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An Eatonville man is back behind bars Friday just days after being released on bond on charges of kidnapping and false imprisonment.

    Officials said 29-year-old Franklyn Gumbs held two women against their will inside his home and forced them into prostitution. He bonded out of jail Wednesday night, but was taken back into custody Friday on a new charge of forcing another to prostitute.

    Gumbs is accused of assaulting and holding the two women captive in his home, threatening to hurt them if they tried to leave.

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    One of the victims told officials she was there for six months, while another said she was there for two weeks.

    The women told police Gumbs forced them to prostitute out of hotels and to commit other crimes.

    The three went to a hospital together Tuesday after Gumbs allegedly punched them both in the head and threatened to shoot them if they ever attempted to escape.

    While at the hospital, police said the victims were able to alert a nurse to the situation.

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    Eatonville police said they aren't sure if there are other victims and haven't charged Gumbs with human trafficking. A separate agency is investigating those claims.

    Officials said both of the victims are adults and are from out of state.

    Gumbs faces charges of kidnapping and false imprisonment.

    He was released from the Orange County Jail on Wednesday evening on a bond of $20,000.

    Gumbs was previously arrested in Altamonte Springs in connection with a prostitution sting in February.

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