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Pardeep Kumar, 47, of Newhall

Tandoori Grill[KHTS]– Santa Clarita Valley deputies arrested a restaurant owner for involuntary servitude and human trafficking charges, officials said.
Pardeep Kumar, 47, of Newhall, was arrested for mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, involuntary servitude and human trafficking, and is currently being held at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The incident took place at the Tandoori Grill at the 23300 block of Valencia Boulevard in Valencia.
Santa Clarita Valley deputies arrested a business owner for involuntary servitude and human trafficking charges, officials said.
Deputies arrived at the restaurant and began an investigation around 2:30 p.m. Monday, and Kumar was ultimately arrested at the restaurant Monday evening, officials said.

Deputies located an employee at the business who said he had been forced by the owner of the restaurant to work as a cook without pay for approximately three years.
The victim regularly worked 12-14 hours a day, seven days a week. The victim alleged that he was physically assaulted by the owner whenever he made any mistakes while performing his duties.
Deputies were also told that the victim had been forced to live at the restaurant owner’s home, and was driven to and from work. The victim further said he was not allowed to communicate with anyone in the outside world.
Santa Clarita personnel notified the Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau who responded with their Human Trafficking Task Force members. Their Federal partners, Homeland Security Investigations Bureau, also responded to assist along with a Los Angeles County District Attorney investigator.
The Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau handles all commercial sex and labor related human trafficking crimes throughout the County.
The owner of the restaurant, later identified as a 47-year-old male from Newhall, was placed under arrest for Mayhem, Assault With A Deadly Weapon, Involuntary Servitude, and Human Trafficking, and is currently being held at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station in lieu of $100,000 bail.
He is scheduled to appear in North Valley Superior Court on March 26, 2015. Anyone who may have witnessed any other incidents relating to this case, or if you have any further information, please contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station at 661-255-1121.
You can also remain anonymous by calling “LA Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website at LAcrimstoppers.org.

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  1. Mayra Montes Mayra Montes says:

    Tim Seaton isn’t this the restaurant that had the terrible website with the flames??

  2. Adrii Riivas Jose Alberto

  3. This is disturbing! I bet there is a lot of this going on around here!

    • You do realize you don’t need to stage a boycott for something like this. Yeah its a fun word…. but business will majorly suffer on its own. Don’t worry they’ll be closed in a month

    • You do realize you don’t need to stage a boycott for something like this. Yeah its a fun word…. but business will majorly suffer on its own. Don’t worry they’ll be closed in a month

  4. This is the Indian restaurant we used to only go to and dealt with all of the ownership changes from the time we moved up here in 1998, until we started going to our new all-time favorite one! I’m so glad now that for the past almost 2 years the only Indian restaurant we frequent here in town is Parashars’s Indian Kitchen!

  5. Christi Roehn-Leonardi. Wtf!?

  6. Wow how sad. I will never go there ever!

  7. Tanya Terzian Raffi Atamian :)

  8. Sarah Storr Sarah Storr says:

    Eeewww just horrible!!!

  9. Beth another to add on to the list of places to avoid in SCV haha so random

  10. Tim Seaton Tim Seaton says:

    Mayra Montes It was! hahaha

  11. Mira Juancarlos Razo!!!…

  12. It is important for us all to realize that slavery is in our own backyard. This is a good eye-opener thank you for posting.

  13. Good thing me and my hubby go to Karma! This is just bleh!

  14. Daniel Palmer is this the place you get your Indian food from?

  15. Anthony Sherman Tim Shannon wtf

  16. What in the world? Insane!

  17. Karen Hicks Karen Hicks says:

    Good. Lock him up and throw away the key.

  18. I met this owner 20 years ago and thought he was a scumbag then, this just proves it !

  19. Where is this place exactly?

  20. Can never condemn human trafficking – that sucks!

  21. People tikka Missala… Lmao I know it’s a lame joke but made me laugh!

  22. Rina Esther Batres-Prieto. Told you it was a bad place

  23. John Gilbert John Gilbert says:

    I’m not sure if I got a better shake working under 17 managers in 20 years that could’nt do my job, a psychotic HR Dept that was out of touch with the reality of the business we were in (Healthcare), and the 2% annual raises (“…at least you got one.”) with none of the cost of living raises that the other dept’s recieved.

  24. Andrew Miller Danielle Dixon Georgia Druliner Mitch H. Teague Michael Hamilton this is insane!

  25. Sally Rivera Sally Rivera says:

    Chris Rivera Johnny Rivera Vince Rivera

  26. Renae Storm Kirby did you see this? :(

  27. Their food is really good

  28. That’s unthinkable! Now I’m REALLY happy we always supported Karma (the Indian restaurant right around the corner) instead of this place

  29. Bwahahahaha! I always knew that place was up to no good

  30. How terrible. Glad he was arrested. I pray for the poor cook.

  31. How terrible. Glad he was arrested. I pray for the poor cook.

  32. How terrible. Glad he was arrested. I pray for the poor cook.

  33. I am so sad for this man…So so so awful, right here in our own town

  34. I am so sad for this man…So so so awful, right here in our own town

  35. Oh no not in santa clarita!

  36. Oh no not in santa clarita!

  37. Lisa Korn Eichman …..

  38. Lisa Korn Eichman …..

  39. Diane Davis Diane Davis says:

    That is disgusting! I hope the owner gets the worst penalty possible!

  40. Diane Davis Diane Davis says:

    That is disgusting! I hope the owner gets the worst penalty possible!

  41. The real deal for Indian food is Royal Tandoor across from TJs on Bouquet Canyon. $8.95 all you can eat lunch buffet for $8.95, 7 days a week. Their food is awesome!

  42. The real deal for Indian food is Royal Tandoor across from TJs on Bouquet Canyon. $8.95 all you can eat lunch buffet for $8.95, 7 days a week. Their food is awesome!

  43. The real deal for Indian food is Royal Tandoor across from TJs on Bouquet Canyon. $8.95 all you can eat lunch buffet for $8.95, 7 days a week. Their food is awesome!

  44. The real deal for Indian food is Royal Tandoor across from TJs on Bouquet Canyon. $8.95 all you can eat lunch buffet for $8.95, 7 days a week. Their food is awesome!

  45. It is amazing to me that this exist all around us. Modern day slavery. I really like this place too, but won’t be back.

  46. It is amazing to me that this exist all around us. Modern day slavery. I really like this place too, but won’t be back.

  47. Char Rich Char Rich says:

    Unbelievable! Pure Scum!

  48. Char Rich Char Rich says:

    Unbelievable! Pure Scum!

  49. Jun Park Jun Park says:

    Parashars Indian kitchen is my Togo place for Indian food. Karma is good too, but I mostly go foe their lunch buffet.

  50. Jun Park Jun Park says:

    Parashars Indian kitchen is my Togo place for Indian food. Karma is good too, but I mostly go foe their lunch buffet.

  51. Nic Campbell Nic Campbell says:

    Crystal Wallasch-Campbell

  52. Nic Campbell Nic Campbell says:

    Crystal Wallasch-Campbell

  53. Daun Muir Daun Muir says:

    Wow. Just shows you that it is right under our noses. Kudos to the person that brought this to the police’s attention!

  54. Daun Muir Daun Muir says:

    Wow. Just shows you that it is right under our noses. Kudos to the person that brought this to the police’s attention!

  55. Lydia Marie Lydia Marie says:

    Leslie Puckett don’t you love this place

  56. Lydia Marie Lydia Marie says:

    Leslie Puckett don’t you love this place

  57. Tyger White Tyger White says:

    I go there all the time…..will never go there again though. I wonder where the cook is now….I hope that he is not homeless.

    • Shane Weeks Shane Weeks says:

      So will you go back now?

    • Tyger White Tyger White says:

      Not if the money that I pay goes to that rotten bastard! I liked the food, so if the same cook was cooking and the profits went to him, yes. But I doubt that is going to happen….or did I miss some newsflash where that owner turned the business over to the cook?

    • Tyger White Tyger White says:

      Not if the money that I pay goes to that rotten bastard! I liked the food, so if the same cook was cooking and the profits went to him, yes. But I doubt that is going to happen….or did I miss some newsflash where that owner turned the business over to the cook?

  58. Tyger White Tyger White says:

    I go there all the time…..will never go there again though. I wonder where the cook is now….I hope that he is not homeless.

  59. Mook Navarro Mook Navarro says:

    What do you think the massage parlors around here are?? Same thing I bet.

  60. Mook Navarro Mook Navarro says:

    What do you think the massage parlors around here are?? Same thing I bet.

  61. This makes me sick. Seriously sick.

  62. This makes me sick. Seriously sick.

  63. What a scumbag! I hope he rots in hell

  64. Amy Newman Amy Newman says:

    Kayla Newman, did u guys eat here?

  65. Wow I’m shocked by this as this is one of our favorite places to have dinner. The whole ambience is great and everyone seems so happy. I have met this man several times. I will not confirm anything until I dig a bit to confirm the info. Thanks Linny Martin for the share.

  66. Sharing this and boycotting too

  67. Geezuz, this is such a sad shame.

  68. Heads would roll if ya knew how many stores/shops are fronts for all kinds of illegal activity in this valley.

  69. Forrest Woolman check this out. I have to say the food was good but the energy was strange in that place. So sad…now we know why.

  70. Ilcian Lemus Ilcian Lemus says:

    Lorena Lemus Edwin Lemus Elmer J Lemus Melqui Lemus you gotta read this! Whaaaaaa?!? Sad.

  71. Caleb Lankford is this the Chinese place we go to?

  72. Suyapa Funez is this the one in front of Home Depot?

  73. Trevor Schramm says:

    That guy looks like a creep. This is why I only eat Indian Food in the SCV @ at Parshars Kitchen. Garlic nan and butter chicken is amazing and the owner is the nicest lady ever.

  74. Dave Edeburn Dave Edeburn says:

    Amy Kim did we ever eat here!?

  75. Jennie says:

    What a terrible way to be forced to live. My heart goes out to anybody in that situation.
    BUT, we need to consider there’s a chance the accusations made against the restaurant owner are FALSE. (I hope they are, actually).
    There is a reason I am saying this, and it’s based upon an assumption that the accuser is not a US citizen. I’m NOT trying to suggest non-citizens are liars or anything like that, so please don’t misunderstand me. It is the situation at hand that reminds me of a huge problem we have in this country.
    We have all heard about Greencard marriages or “Sham Marriages” by now, right? Sometimes, the US citizen wises up to the scammer’s plan and ends the marriage altogether. This puts the foreigner’s status here in the US in jeopardy and they usually must go home. Many stay against orders and find another way to scam their way into legal residency.
    When these scammers are left without their citizen spouse to cling to, they often move to a plan B. This includes either accusing the citizen spouse (or former spouse) of abuse. (VAWA needs to go.) When this is not a viable option, they WILL move on and even consider their employer as a way to get that coveted residency.
    Maybe the accuser is only trying to be able to stay in the USA. Maybe he lived at the owner’s house for free and worked in return for room and board. Maybe he is lying and saying the restaurant owner abused him and “made” him live with him when the owner was just being a kind person trying to help the employee. THIS HAPPENS A LOT…TRUST ME.
    So, is the restaurant owner a bad person who really did these things to the poor employee? Or, is he a decent man who has fallen prey to a dishonest scammer? Who really knows!?

    I think it’s best to hold judgement until we know more about this case. The moral deficit of so many people these days is shocking. So, either one of them might be the guilty party. I wish we had more information to look at though.

  76. What a terrible way to be forced to live. My heart goes out to anybody in that situation.
    BUT, we need to consider there’s a chance the accusations made against the restaurant owner are FALSE. (I hope they are, actually).
    There is a reason I am saying this, and it’s based upon an assumption that the accuser is not a US citizen. I’m NOT trying to suggest non-citizens are liars or anything like that, so please don’t misunderstand me. It is the situation at hand that reminds me of a huge problem we have in this country.
    We have all heard about Greencard marriages or “Sham Marriages” by now, right? Sometimes, the US citizen wises up to the scammer’s plan and ends the marriage altogether. This puts the foreigner’s status here in the US in jeopardy and they usually must go home. Many stay against orders and find another way to scam their way into legal residency.
    When these scammers are left without their citizen spouse to cling to, they often move to a plan B. This includes either accusing the citizen spouse (or former spouse) of abuse. (VAWA needs to go.) When this is not a viable option, they WILL move on and even consider their employer as a way to get that coveted residency.
    Maybe the accuser is only trying to be able to stay in the USA. Maybe he lived at the owner’s house for free and worked in return for room and board. Maybe he is lying and saying the restaurant owner abused him and “made” him live with him when the owner was just being a kind person trying to help the employee. THIS HAPPENS A LOT…TRUST ME.
    So, is the restaurant owner a bad person who really did these things to the poor employee? Or, is he a decent man who has fallen prey to a dishonest scammer? Who really knows!?
    I think it’s best to hold judgement until we know more about this case. The moral deficit of so many people these days is shocking. So, either one of them might be the guilty party. I wish we had more information to look at though.

  77. Wake up beautiful Santa Clarita people….stuff happens in our area from Westridge, Stevenson Ranch to Canyon Country and surrounding areas. Now is the time to pray for our kids, our city, our state and our country. Been here since 1977 & I my city! <3

  78. I suspect the man is here illegally and this goes on more than we’d like to think. Ck out all the Vietnam nail places.

  79. Ill still eat there, a lil slavery never hurt n-e-1

  80. Ill still eat there, a lil slavery never hurt n-e-1

  81. Shelley Carr Shelley Carr says:

    Karma is so much better.

  82. Shelley Carr Shelley Carr says:

    Karma is so much better.

  83. Scary! Get that scumbag ass and put him in prison…human trafficking involves also little boys and girls. Multi billion dollar trafficking of baby children for porn and sex slavery..find all these scumbags and throw away the key. They will be dealt with promptly in prison..I did a couple of human trafficking reports in Sociology and opened my eyes to many things we think we know, but do not…

  84. Scary! Get that scumbag ass and put him in prison…human trafficking involves also little boys and girls. Multi billion dollar trafficking of baby children for porn and sex slavery..find all these scumbags and throw away the key. They will be dealt with promptly in prison..I did a couple of human trafficking reports in Sociology and opened my eyes to many things we think we know, but do not…

  85. Destiny Bonilla Destiny Bonilla

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  88. Javier Ramirez, Denise Vanessa Ramirez, Andres Ramirez this is horrible

  89. Javier Ramirez, Denise Vanessa Ramirez, Andres Ramirez this is horrible

  90. Javier Ramirez, Denise Vanessa Ramirez, Andres Ramirez this is horrible

  91. I’m not surprised about this, considering the interactions I had with the workers there. Here’s another reason why people should eat at Parashars’s Indian Restaurant instead. The vibe there is much better, and you know it’s a true family restaurant.

  92. I’m not surprised about this, considering the interactions I had with the workers there. Here’s another reason why people should eat at Parashars’s Indian Restaurant instead. The vibe there is much better, and you know it’s a true family restaurant.

  93. Did the comment I left not show up? Mobile Facebook strikes again

  94. Did the comment I left not show up? Mobile Facebook strikes again

  95. Mike Garcia don’t you go here!!

  96. Mike Garcia don’t you go here!!

  97. Really it’s just inconvenient… now we’re going to find a new place… I mean did anyone even think about us when they arrested him??

  98. Lee Ross Lee Ross says:

    I never liked their food anyways…

  99. Mike Garcia Mike Garcia says:

    I do not Madison Stones, i keep it classy at Royal Tandoor…better food, obviously better people.

  100. eally it’s just inconvenient… now we’re going to find a new place… I mean did anyone even think about us when they arrested him??

  101. Christi Leonardi says:

    inate here many times over the last three years. I ate there twice a week sometimes when I was pregnant with my daughter. I often joked that I would be giving both to a lentle. Anyway, I feel awful for this man and I would like to find a way to donate to him( I don’t have a lot of money) but I would like to someway help him because I feel like I owe him something for the delicious food and that this horrible thing that happened to him I have some responsibility in. I nearly threw up reading about this. I feel horrible. I’d like to help him. Anyone else!???!!!

  102. Matt Becker Matt Becker says:

    Wow, that guy must have cooked my food! I feel ill. So sad

  103. Thomas Lemon Thomas Lemon says:

    Good help is hard to find.

  104. Naomi Young Naomi Young says:

    I’ve had my 40th and 50th surprise party at the Tandoori grill and liked their food even better than Karma’s. Royal Tandoori is good too ( Karma’s cook is there now but MOSTLY I like to support PARASAN Indian Kitchen. The sweetest, kindest, good food place. :)

  105. Leo Guzman Leo Guzman says:

    That place is fire

  106. Meanwhile Santa Clarita kids drive intoxicated and meth use is on the rise good job

  107. Shane Weeks Shane Weeks says:

    So many here already judged them as guilty. Sad

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