More than 30 Arrested in Prostitution Sting
The sting was conducted in five College Park area hotels over two days.
More than 30 people were arrested this week in a prostitution sting conducted at College Park hotels, according to Prince George's County police.
The operation was carried out in conjunction with the FBI Human Trafficking Unit.
“Prostitution is a gateway crime," Capt. Leigh Mints said in a statement. “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.”
As part of the operation, female officers posing as prostitutes engaged would-be johns on the phone after placing phony ads on solicitation websites.
On Wednesday, 13 men were arrested on a charge of assignation—the act of meeting up with the purpose of exchanging sex for money—and six women were arrested on prostitution charges in five College Park hotels, according police.
On Thursday night, police said 11 more men were arrested and charged with assignation and six more individuals for prostitution. All involved were adults.
Police charged the following individuals as part of the sting:
- John Amtequera, 33, of Silver Spring
- Oscar Benitez, 42, of West Lanham
- Joseph Cadet, 46, of Beltsville
- Jamesyin Chi, 42, of Rockville
- Mahndel Green, 39, of Bowie
- Mark Hallenman, 55, of Annapolis
- Niegel Kham, 27, of Beltsville
- Keith Lambkin, 34, of College Park
- Asburton Nelson, 50, of Silver Spring
- Visuas Patel, 42, of Laurel
- Anig Sawat, 49, of Berwin, Md.
- Clifton Stone, 52, of Bladensburg
- Michael Zeydelis, 40, of Reisterstown
- Alexis Williams, 29, of Cleveland, OH
- Channel Karnes, 23, of Orlando, FL
- Jershelle Bey-Wilson, 24, of Washington, DC
- Bernadette Harper, 27, of Washington, DC
- Angela Oladiji, 23, of Washington, DC
- Gloria Reyes, 42, of Hyattsville