Date: March 28, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
7 Arrested During Investigation Targeting Prostitution

Polk County Sheriff's Office Bureau of Special Investigations detectives, along with the Haines City Police Department, arrested 7 suspects March 24, 2000, during an undercover operation targeting prostitution activity in Haines City. During the undercover operation, the following were arrested and charged:

  • Jose Placido, DOB 3/21/50, of 5370 Hinson Avenue Lot 10 in Haines City, charged with deriving support from prostitution (1 count), operating an establishment for prostitution (1 count) and procuring another to commit prostitution (3 counts).
  • Jose Battice, DOB 9/23/49, of 5370 Hinson Avenue Lot 10 in Haines City, charged with deriving support from prostitution (1 count), operating an establishment for prostitution (1 count) and procuring another to commit prostitution (3 counts).
  • Martin Evangelista, DOB 8/12/45, of 5370 Hinson Avenue Lot 10 in Haines City, charged with deriving support from prostitution (1 count), operating an establishment for prostitution (1 count) and procuring another to commit prostitution (3 counts).
  • Liliana Arcos, DOB 8/29/78, of Wimauma, charged with solicitation to commit prostitution.
  • Marie Guerro, DOB 10/2/69, of Calle-09 Villa Carolina, Puerto Rico, charged with solicitation to commit prostitution.
  • Raymundo Agustin, DOB 5/27/79, of Davenport, charged with offering to commit or engage in prostitution.
  • Pascual Bautista, DOB 11/29/65, of 1515 First Street, Apartment #1, Auburndale, charged with offering to commit or engage in prostitution.

All the suspects were arrested and booked into the Polk County jail. The investigation is continuing.

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