February 28, 2024

South Carolina man arrested at Garden City hotel

Garden City, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–A South Carolina man was arrested Wednesday night by Garden City Police after he traveled to Garden City to meet up with an underage girl.

On Wednesday, the Garden City Police Department was contacted by a family member, who indicated that their 15-year-old child was involved in a relationship with a 22-year-old man from South Carolina. Officers were told that the individuals had shared explicit photographs with each other.
During the investigation, it was learned that the man, identified as Justin Raines, had traveled to Garden City and was staying at the AmericInn, located at 3020 E. Kansas Avenue. Raines had barricaded himself in his room and was making suicidal comments while he was in possession of a knife.
Officers responded to the hotel and attempted to negotiate with Raines, but Raines refused to exit the room and surrender to police. After a search warrant was obtained, Raines was arrested and taken into custody.
Raines was lodged in the Finney County Jail on Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Possession) x 9, and Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Transmission) x 9.
*The person(s) involved has not yet been convicted of a crime and are presumed innocent. The presumption of innocence shall continue until such time that the person(s) accused may be found guilty by a court of law.*