9 men arrested on prostitution charges in Howard County

Posted at 4:33 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 16:33:42-04
Nine men were arrested for prostitution and related charges in Howard County Wednesday. 
Howard County Police arrested the men for soliciting prostitution at a hotel in the 9800 block of Washington Boulevard in Laurel. As part of the operation, detectives placed fake ads on the website Backpage, a site often used for prostitution.
Men who called the number in the ad spoke with undercover female officers, who provided a meeting location upon the caller’s request. When the men arrived and offered money for sex, they were arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution and disorderly conduct
Those arrested include: 
  • Gary Bennett, 65, of Rockville
  • Roscoe Coles, 36, of Woodbridge, Va.
  • Geremias DeSouza, 31, of Laurel
  • Curtis Eshelman, 55, of West River
  • Alejandro Jiatz, 49, of Burtonsville
  • Edgard Martinez Melendez, 41, of Laurel
  • Bharat Patel, 59, of Laurel
  • Edwin Shim, 47, of Laurel
  • Michael Weiss, 49, of Gambrills
The operation was part of Howard County’s ongoing effort to combat prostitution, human trafficking and related offenses.

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