Northeast Times

Two Northeast men arrested in prostitution sting

  • Stevenson Alcis

  • John Francis

Two North­east men were among five “Johns” ar­res­ted by Phil­adelphia po­lice last Thursday as part of a pros­ti­tu­tion sting in the city’s Har­rowg­ate sec­tion.

Of­ficers pos­ing as hook­ers began so­li­cit­ing for pat­rons at about 10 a.m. on the 3500 block of Kens­ing­ton Ave. and the 1200 to 1800 blocks of East Ontario St. The news me­dia were aler­ted to the po­lice op­er­a­tion in ad­vance and were in­vited to ob­serve.

Dur­ing a two-hour, 18-minute peri­od, po­lice ar­res­ted five men who al­legedly offered to pay the un­der­cov­er of­ficers for sex. The men in­cluded John Fran­cis, 49, of the 2900 block of Gil­ham St. in May­fair and Steven­son Al­cis, 35, of the 1100 block of Heller­man St. in Castor Gar­dens.

The oth­ers were Ben­jamin Vonyan Al­len, 54, of the 2100 block of New Rodgers Road in Levit­town; Des­mond Cun­ning­ham, 47, of the 1700 block of W. Nedro Ave.; Robert San­ti­ago, 36, of the 2100 block of E. Stella St.; and Charles El­gart, 69, of the 1100 block of Plow­share Road in Blue Bell.

In ad­di­tion to the ar­rests, po­lice con­fis­cated $2,064 cash, three Via­gra pills and five vehicles used in the al­leged so­li­cit­a­tions. All were charged with pat­ron­iz­ing a pros­ti­tute, while El­gart was also charged with il­leg­al pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance. They were re­leased from cus­tody on their own re­cog­niz­ance. ••

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