COLLEGE PARK, Md. (CBSDC) - More than 30 people have been arrested as the result of a prostitution sting in College Park hotels that began Thursday continued into Thursday evening.
The Prince George’s County Police Special Assignment Teams, Narcotic Enforcement Division & FBI Human Trafficking Unit collaborated to make the arrests.
Prince George’s County police say they routinely engage in such crime-fighting efforts against prostitution. In this particular operation, female officers posed as prostitutes and engaged the would-be ‘johns’ over the phone after placing fake ads on websites devoted to solicitation.
On Wednesday, in five College Park area hotels, officers arrested thirteen men for assignation (the act of meeting up in order to exchange sex for money) and six women on prostitution charges. Both are misdemeanor offenses in the state of Maryland.
Eleven more men were arrested on Thursday for assignation and six women for prostitution. All involved are adults.
Prince George’s County police Captain Leigh Mints said of the operation:
“Prostitution is a gateway crime. It can lead to drugs, robberies and shootings. We want to let everyone know this kind of activity is not something we want in this county and we’re doing all we can to prevent it.”
The following people have been arrested and charged so far in the ongoing sting operation:
- John Amtequera – 33 – Silver Springs
- Oscar Benitez – 42 – West Lanham
- Joseph Cadet – 46 – Beltsville
- Jamesyin Chi – 42 – Rockville
- Mahndel Green – 39 – Bowie
- Mark Hallenman – 55 – Annapolis
- Niegel Kham – 27 – Beltsville
- Keith Lambkin – 34 – College Park
- Asburton Nelson – 50 – Silver Springs
- Visuas Patel – 42 – Laurel
- Anig Sawat – 49 – Berwin, Md.
- Clifton Stone – 52 – Bladensburg
- Michael Zeydelis – 40 – Reisterstown
- Alexis Williams – 29 – Cleveland, OH
- Channel Karnes – 23 – Orlando, FL
- Jershelle Bey-Wilson – 24 – Washington, DC
- Bernadette Harper – 27 – Washington, DC
- Angela Oladiji – 23 – Washington, DC
- Gloria Reyes – 42 – Hyattsville
The Prince George’s County Police Department encourages motel and hotel management to cooperate with police and to report observed illegal activities. As is always the case, callers wishing to remain anonymous may Call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477), Text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).