Washington Dad Murders Daughter’s Boyfriend For Selling Her Into Sex-Trafficking Ring

Published November 3, 2021
Updated November 10, 2021

After rescuing his daughter from a Seattle sex-trafficking ring, John Eisenman became a vigilante — and hunted down the 19-year-old he believed was responsible.

John Eisenman In Jail

Spokane CountyJohn Eisenman is under arrest on a $1 million bond for first-degree murder.

The Seattle Police Department announced on Monday that a Spokane, Washington, man has been arrested for the murder of his daughter’s boyfriend. According to The Spokesman-Review, 60-year-old suspect John Eisenman rescued his daughter from a sex-trafficking ring in Seattle last year — then became a vigilante by killing the man who sold her into it.

Andrew Sorensen had been reported missing in November 2020, and his whereabouts remained a mystery, until residents of the 1800 block on East Everett Avenue rummaged through an abandoned car on Oct. 22 — and found his body.

According to Fox News, arriving police noticed a “foul odor” emanating from the mold-covered car. The body was bound with zip ties, and Sorensen’s mouth was taped shut. Puncture marks on his clothing suggested he was stabbed. Police contacted the car’s registered owner, who was none other than Eisenman’s fiancé.

That’s when authorities learned the couple had gone on a mission to rescue their daughter last October, convinced that Sorensen earned $1,000 for selling her off. According to NBC News, Eisenman had bludgeoned him with a cinder block before stabbing him to death — with the stolen car only surfacing now.

Andrew Sorensen

Washington State Patrol Missing and Unidentified Persons UnitAndrew Sorensen had no significant adult criminal history in the state before he was killed.

Police said that when John Eisenman’s daughter went missing, he “obtained information” that Andrew Sorensen was responsible. Their daughter had not even been 18 years old when she vanished, with Eisenman discovering she had been forced into prostitution in Seattle — and that Sorensen profited.

Eisenman and his fiancé Brenda Kross miraculously managed to find their child and bring her to safety. It was only a few weeks later, however, that her boyfriend disappeared.

Eisenman apparently admitted that he had killed someone to a neighbor, who called Crime Check after he realized authorities paid Eisenman and Kross a visit in late October.

Eisenman initially claimed that his fiancé’s green 1991 Honda Accord had been stolen, but was arrested on Oct. 29 following his neighbor’s revelations. While the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office still lists Sorensen’s cause of death as pending, Eisenman came clean under interrogation with the macabre details.

Eisenman had tracked Sorensen to the Airway Heights neighborhood of Spokane last autumn and confronted him on the street. He then tied him up and abducted him before hitting him over the head with cinderblock and repeatedly stabbing him in the abdomen.

“Eisenman drove the vehicle to a remote area in North Spokane County and abandoned the car with the body still inside,” said police. “The vehicle remained at that location until it was moved in October 2021 by a 3rd-party and driven to Spokane. At this point, it is not believed the 3rd-party knew the body was in the trunk.”

Amber Hellman Being Interviewed

FOX 13 Seattle/YouTubeAmber Hellman’s boyfriend discovered Sorensen’s body on Oct. 22, 2021.

Sorensen’s body was discovered 10 days before the one-year anniversary of his missing person’s report. Local resident Amber Hellman said that her boyfriend and his friend were curious about the vehicle and couldn’t help but inspect its contents on Oct. 22.

“It was there for like three days,” she said. “So they went to go check it out because it had been sitting there for a while and they noticed the ignition was dangling. So, obviously stolen. And they were just looking around and for some reason they decided to look in the trunk. And all I hear is, ‘there’s a body.'”

In the end, the vigilante father was handcuffed two days before Halloween and charged with first-degree murder. According to Spokane County detention services, his bond was set at $1 million. Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has been set up to pay for his legal expenses — with many donors calling him a “hero.”

After reading about the man who killed his daughter’s boyfriend for sex-trafficking her, learn about the Florida man arrested for trying to “barbecue” child molesters. Then, read about Kelly Cochran who dismembered her husband and boyfriend.

Marco Margaritoff
A staff writer for All That’s Interesting, Marco Margaritoff has also published work at outlets including People, VICE, and Complex, covering everything from film to finance to technology. He holds dual bachelor's degrees from Pace University and a master's degree from New York University.