Prostitution sting nets dozen arrests at hotel

Norwalk resident among the men and women arrested by undercover officers for soliciting sexual acts.
Wire
Mar 23, 2013

 

As a result of an undercover operation, 12 people were charged Tuesday night with a total of 17 crimes including soliciting prostitution, drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments, and complicity to soliciting prostitution at a hotel in Northwood.

"Most charges were for soliciting prostitution which are a misdemeanor of the third degree and can carry a maximum fine of $500 and, or 60 days in jail," Northwood Police Capt. Jeff Zahradnik said in a news release. "A total of $1,028 was recovered in this operation along with crack cocaine, prescription medication, and marijuana."

Undercover officers arrested men and women for soliciting sexual acts. Northwood Police Department, the Wood County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, and the FBI Human Trafficking Task Force teamed up for the undercover operation.

Charged were Khaled Elabyad of Sylvania, for soliciting prostitution, a third-degree misdemeanor; Tania Parker of Toledo, soliciting prostitution; Tai-Anne Parker of Toledo, complicity to soliciting, a third-degree misdemeanor, and drug abuse, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and Phil Farina of Toledo, Christopher Robosky of Findlay, Marcus Williams of Fremont, Charles Yager of Maumee, and Jamie Slaughter of Toledo who were charged with soliciting prostitution.

Tiffany Dukett, Duane Stroud and Amanda Bigelow, all of Toledo were charged with fourth-degree drug abuse and soliciting prostitution, and Sandra Slaughter of Toledo was charged with fifth-degree felony drug abuse and a drug paraphernalia third-degree misdemeanor.

Information from a similar arrest last month helped lead to the bust Tuesday night. Six solicitation prostitution arrests were made at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg Township on Feb. 26.

Arrested were Toledo residents Nagib Mahmud, 22, Dominque Burkes, 26, and Renee Champion, 27; Jorge Ramos-Crus, 20, of Norwalk; James Nickles, 42, of Elmore, and Hiral Kholhal, 26, of Perrysburg, who were charged with solicitation prostitution.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office, Perrysburg Township Police, Northwood Police, the Ohio Attorney General's Office, and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office worked together arranging people to go to the French Quarter where contact was made and then arrests took place after sex acts were offered for money.

Wood County Sheriff's Lt. Jamie Webb said the focus was not on girls on the streets but on postings on social media sites that are used by escort services.

Every four to six weeks, Lieutenant Webb said, law enforcement officials run a vice operation. Some people Feb. 26 texted them saying "we know you are a cop, nice try."

He said such undercover operations began after complaints of prostitution at a North Baltimore truck stop. The department was trained on stopping prostitution and discovered that locally there are many online escorts.

In 2011, law-enforcement officials started running similar operations to the Feb. 26 solicitation prostitution investigation.

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By  Matt Thompson - The Blade, Toledo, Ohio©2013 The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)

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hit the road jack

Just trying to STIMULATE the economy!

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swiss cheese kat

Somebody has to do it because obama aint doing it.

betrump

More millionaires and billionaires today than ever in the history of the United States. The Stock Market is at an all time high. Taxes on most people are the lowest they've been in over 50 years. deficit has been reduced every year. But Obama's a socialist. DERP.

arnmcrmn

Taxes were less under Bush. Debt was half of what it is now under Bush. Less millionaires and billionaires under Bush. Welfare was half what it is now under Bush. Bush wasn't so bad folks.

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swiss cheese kat

@ betrump
Wtf are you drinking? Oh yeah the obama kool-aid.

doc5798a

Swiss cheese kat is really not a smart individual. Reminds me of the saying " The highest form of ignorance is when you speak about something you know nothing about."

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swiss cheese kat

You just proved your own point.

lugnut2511

THe oldest profession n someone's always busting them

Cliff Cannon

@lugnut2511: Great one. Thanks for my morning laugh.

jas

We should make prostitution and marijuana legal then tax them so we can reduce the deficit. It would add another way to do your civic duty.

jas

Isn't it somewhat ironic that WOOD County did an UNDERCOVER operation and BUSTED a prostitution ring in NORTHWOOD? Just sayin'.

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