Police arrest six in prostitution stings

  • Destiny Smith

  • Eddie Robinson

  • William Moncrief

  • Gregory Williams

Phil­adelphia po­lice vice of­ficers ar­res­ted six people, in­clud­ing three from the North­east, dur­ing two un­der­cov­er pros­ti­tu­tion in­vest­ig­a­tions last week­end.

The Roosevelt Mo­tor Inn at 7600 Roosevelt Blvd. in Rhawn­hurst was the scene of one al­leged sex-for-cash op­er­a­tion, po­lice said. In­vest­ig­at­ors ended up there on Sat­urday after re­spond­ing to an ad­vert­ise­ment on a Web site that pro­moted the ser­vices of two wo­men. An un­der­cov­er of­ficer called a tele­phone num­ber in the ad and sched­uled an ap­point­ment.

Once at the motel, the un­der­cov­er of­ficer was in­struc­ted to go to a second-floor room, where the wo­men al­legedly offered him sex for cash. Po­lice ar­res­ted Des­tiny Smith, 20, and Re­gina Var­gas, 20, at the scene. Both live on the 5800 block of N. Amer­ic­an St. in Ol­ney. They were charged with pros­ti­tu­tion and con­spir­acy, then re­leased on their own re­cog­niz­ance pending a June 27 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing.

Dur­ing the sting, vice of­ficers also en­countered Gregory Wil­li­ams, 21, of the 400 block of Ben­son St. in Fox Chase. Wil­li­ams was walk­ing in the second-floor hall­way with a sus­pi­cious bulge in his waist­band, po­lice said. When the of­ficers ordered him to raise his hands, he al­legedly ran from the motel and north­bound on Roosevelt Boulevard. Po­lice cap­tured him after a short pur­suit and charged him with car­ry­ing a fire­arm without a li­cense and car­ry­ing a fire­arm in pub­lic.

He was re­leased on Sunday after post­ing 10 per­cent of $50,000 bail, pending a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing on Ju­ly 5.

In a sep­ar­ate in­vest­ig­a­tion also on Sat­urday, po­lice locked up four “Johns” for al­legedly try­ing to pick up hook­ers on Kens­ing­ton Av­en­ue. The would-be hook­ers ac­tu­ally were cops in dis­guise.

Ed­die Robin­son, 45, of the 4600 block of Mul­berry St. in Frank­ford, and Wil­li­am Mon­crief, 39, of the 11600 block of Kelvin Ave. in Somer­ton, were ar­res­ted for pat­ron­iz­ing a pros­ti­tute, as were Juan Gonza­lez, 38, of the 100 block of W. York St. in Kens­ing­ton, and Ra­fal Dec, 34, of the 3100 block of Tilton St. in Port Rich­mond.

Po­lice con­fis­cated $387 cash and two cars dur­ing the sting. All four men were re­leased on their own re­cog­niz­ance pending pre­lim­in­ary hear­ings next month. ••

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