WASHINGTON (WNEW) — A 19-year-old Laurel man is facing up to 20 years in prison for robbing, abducting and assaulting prostitutes, authorities say.
The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, FBI and local police announced Wednesday that Ajibola Erogbogbo has pleaded guilty to robbery.
Erogbogbo was a security guard at Six Flags amusement park in Largo, and a student at Anne Arundel Community College.
Authorities say in January 2014 Erogbogbo arranged “dates” with prostitutes at hotels in Anne Arundel Co. where he impersonated a police officer and said he was arresting them.
He wore a vest that read “POLICE” and held them at gunpoint. Erogbogbo handcuffed the prostitutes and demanded their money.
One prostitute told authorities she arranged a date with Erogbogbo. When she met with him another prostitute hid in the closet as a precaution. He again impersonated a police officer and handcuffed the prostitute.
When the other prostitute emerged from the closet he demanded they both give him their money and took a total of $1,400.
Erogbogbo wrote a phone number on a piece of yellow paper, told the victims to call him if they needed future assistance from the police, removed the handcuffs and left.
In February 2014, the Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force met another prostitute who said she was robbed by Erogbogbo. In this incident he told her the only way to avoid arrest was to have sex with him. When she would not take off her clothing, he threatened to put handcuffs on her. He began having sex with her, but stopped when she became unresponsive.
The next day, the prostitute arranged another “date” with Erogbogbo under the direction of authorities.
He tried to flee when he saw Laurel City Police in the lobby, but was stopped by officers. Erogbogbo was wearing a gold Six Flags Loss Prevention badge and a Smith and Wesson replica BB gun, holstered on his belt.
Police searched Erogbogbo’s residence and vehicle and recovered handcuffs, radios, pepper spray, badge holders and a yellow notepad that contained names, driver’s license numbers, phone numbers and addresses of women, including the prostitutes previously described.
Erogbogbo faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang scheduled sentencing for June 19.
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