Gisela Medina Wiki – Gisela Medina Biography
Gisela Medina is the University of St. Thomas College Republicans chair who was arrested on sex trafficking charges and Minnesota GOP strategist and donor Anton “Tony” Lazzaro. The student was taken into custody after she and Lazzaro were indicted on multiple federal offences on August 12, 2021, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Medina and the 30-year-old Lazzaro are accused of trafficking underage girls, according to prosecutors.
She is 19 years old.
Gisela Medina Arrested
Medina also remains in federal custody. The relationship between Medina and Lazzaro was also not clear. A photo on her Instagram account, which has since been wiped of all of its pictures, shows her with Lazzaro and others at a dinner in May 2021. According to online records, Medina was arrested on August 12 at the request of the Minneapolis FBI by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department. “A person who knows her personally confirmed to The Daily Beast that Castro Medina was travelling in Florida this week,” the site wrote.
Medina was arrested in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, records show. Her address is listed as an apartment at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, jail records show. She was arrested about 6 p.m., booked into custody just before 10 p.m. on August 12, 2021, and released from the Okaloosa County jail on August 13, 2021. After her release from that jail, she was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail on a U.S. Marshal’s hold.
According to her Facebook profile and LinkedIn page, Gisela Castro Medina is originally from Medina, Minnesota, and graduated from Delano High School in Delano, Minnesota, in 2020.
This fall, she was set to enter her second year at the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic school. According to her LinkedIn, she was studying law and compliance, business administration and management, and general studies at the college.
While in high school, she was active in the orchestra and performing arts and was a royalty candidate.
Along with college, Medina also has worked as a hospitality coordinator at the West Rock Center from 2015 to 2019 and as a customer experience coordinator at The TJX Companies from 2019 to 2020. According to her LinkedIn profile, she has been an office administrative assistant at MN Property Management in Minneapolis since September 2020.
The victims are all under the age of 18, federal authorities said. According to the indictment, federal investigators say the victims were trafficked between May 2020 and December 2020 in Minnesota. Additional details about the accusations against Medina and Lazzaro were not immediately made public by federal prosecutors.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in its press release, “Based on the evidence obtained in this investigation, authorities believe there may be additional victims of the alleged conduct. Anyone with information about this matter is encouraged to call the FBI Minneapolis Division at 763-569-8000.” The FBI’s Minneapolis field office added on Twitter, “The #FBI believes there could be more victims of this alleged conduct. Please consider calling our office with any information. 763-569-8000.”