“We’ve been warning you,” Man arrested following manhunt has criminal past

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CROMWELL, Okla. - A 15-year-old girl and a 23-year- old man are behind bars after a 16 hour manhunt.

The two were found in a wooded area outside Cromwell on Monday afternoon.

The trouble started hours earlier Sunday night when the two led deputies on a high-speed chase through two counties, which ended with gunfire.

Eventually, Joshua Hudson and the girl were taken into custody.

According to court records, Hudson is no stranger to the law.

Two years ago, the then 21-year-old was arrested and charged with human trafficking out of the Broadway Suites Hotel in Edmond.

That’s where investigators claim Hudson was pimping out a 16-year-old pregnant girl. It was not his first arrest and that’s why some are saying he should have already been in jail.

“I’ve been receiving warnings about Mr. Hudson and his activity several days before his latest arrest,” said Brian Bates.

Brian Bates runs a website to expose sex trafficking. He says Joshua Hudson has been on his radar for some time.

“I started getting correspondents who were either related or knew him, saying, 'We knew this guy was still up to no good. We’ve been warning you, we’ve been trying to tell police. He’s still doing what he’s always done, which is to be a predator and now everyone is looking for him.' and then fortunately, he was taken into custody,” said Bates.

Hudson was arrested Monday after a stand-off in Seminole County.

“Truth be told, if the law would have been followed when they had Mr. Hudson back in 2013, he would have been in prison and he wouldn’t have been in Seminole County, endangering officers' lives and almost killing an officer,” said Bates.

Hudson was initially charged in 2013 with human trafficking but later pleaded guilty to a lesser computer crime.

He was given a deferred 8-year sentence. He served just 7 months in a drug treatment program.

“Literally, that means he was not convicted and that means at some point in the future, he can have his entire record erased as if it never happened. And I bet you that 16-year-old wishes she could do the same of her memories of what happened to her,” said Bates.

When Hudson was arrested Monday, he had a 15-year-old girl with him.

We reached out to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office but did not get a call back.

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