More than 30 people—including one man from Annapolis—were arrested as part of a prostitution sting in College Park hotels this week, according to the Prince George’s County Police (PGPD) blog.
Police said Mark Hallenman, 55, of Annapolis was one of the people charged during the sting operation.
“Prostitution is a gateway crime” said Capt. Leigh Mints 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.”
The PGPD worked in conjunction with the FBI Human Trafficking Unit. Female officers posed as prostitutes and 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 operation:
- John Amtequera, 33, of Silver Springs
- 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