VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) 19 people were arrested following a prostitution sting in Victorville.
On June 16, 2017, deputies from the Victorville Police Department conducted an 8-hour operation. Deputies went undercover and posed as “Johns” and prostitutes in the area of 7th Street and Tatum Road.
Their efforts were aimed at identifying prostitutes and those soliciting prostitutes and charging them with those crimes, officials said.
The area the sting was conducted in has become a highly saturated area for those soliciting sex.
“This type of illegal activity puts the safety of our citizens at risk. It also deters consumers from doing business in the area, making it difficult for the businesses to thrive,” Sheriff’s officials stated.
The operation was nearly busted when a store clerk began to notify customers of the undercover operation as they went into the store to withdraw cash from the ATM.
The Victorville Police Department released the names of those arrested in hopes of deterring future occurrences.
John Muessel, 30-year old Texas resident
Lucio Carachure, 33-year old Victorville resident
Charles Swain, 46-year old Victorville resident
Gustavo Hernandez, 33-year old Hesperia resident
Vannak Taing, 32-year old Adelanto resident
Julio Bautista-Cruz, 24-year old Hesperia resident
Laurence Gordon, 20-year old Apple Valley resident
Efrain Cruz Bautista, 28-year old Victorville resident
Justin Smith, 35-year old Apple Valley resident
Daniel Vasquez, 31-year old Victorville Resident
Cynthia Romo, 50-year old Victorville resident
Jeffery Mann, 58-year old Hesperia resident
Natalie Aiello, 58-year old Victorville resident
Kristina Deal, 39-year old Victorville resident
Tina Kelly, 38-year old Victorville resident
Moises Vega, 21-year old Anaheim resident
Veronica Brown, 48-year old Victorville resident
Aneesah Price, 36-year old Hesperia resident
*Jose Ramirez, 53-year old Victorville resident, was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm.
The Victorville Police Department encourages anyone who observes this type of activity to report it by calling (760) 956-5001.