Northeast Times

Two NE men nabbed in prostitution bust

An Academy Gar­dens res­id­ent is fa­cing a child en­dan­ger­ment charge after he al­legedly pro­posi­tioned an un­der­cov­er Phil­adelphia cop for sex with his 5-year-old son in his car dur­ing a Kens­ing­ton Av­en­ue pros­ti­tu­tion sting.

Hec­tor Flores-Mar­tinez, 26, of the 9400 block of Lans­ford St., was one of two North­east men nabbed in the City­wide Vice in­vest­ig­a­tion in the 24th Po­lice Dis­trict on Ju­ly 10. Po­lice also ar­res­ted Mar­cus Lump­kin, 35, of the 11000 block of Academy Road, as a would-be “John,” along with Thomas Bernat, 52, of Jam­is­on, and Fa­bio Gar­cia, 48, of Kens­ing­ton, po­lice said.

Mar­tinez al­legedly had his son sleep­ing in the back of his vehicle when he offered to pay an un­der­cov­er cop for sex, po­lice said. After the bust, of­ficers took the child to the city’s De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices.

All four men were charged with pat­ron­iz­ing pros­ti­tu­tion and so­li­cit­a­tion. Po­lice seized $597 cash, 18 grams of marijuana and four vehicles dur­ing the in­vest­ig­a­tion. ••

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