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Published:December 23rd, 2005 20:54 EST
Undercover prostitution sting in Florida nets 18 individuals

Undercover prostitution sting in Florida nets 18 individuals

By Matthew Kent

An undercover prostitution sting operation netted 18 people on Thursday in Ft. Pierce, Fla., officials said. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit conducted the sting as undercover deputies acted as street prostitutes in Ft. Pierce at “targeted locations,” police said.

The individuals were arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution, a misdemeanor.

Those arrested include: William Bullington, 31, of 6006 Hickory Drive, Ft. Pierce; Thomas Bell, 34, of 2477 Atlantis Avenue Apt. 4, Ft. Pierce; David Hadden, 39, of 202 Essex Drive, Ft. Pierce; Michael Andrews, 49, of 955 53rd St E. Apt. 1324, Bradenton; Juan Garcia, 21, of 3035 Evergreen Avenue, Stuart; Dario Velazquez, 25, of 1307 10th Avenue, Lake Worth; Mark Harrison, 48, of 1919 SW Americana, PSL; Kevin Piscottano, 38, of 486 SW Sundance Trail, PSL; Jose Ocasio, 23, of 213 N 27th Street, Ft. Pierce; Trevor Lybrand, 34, of 1507 S 27th Street, Ft. Pierce; Robert Roach, 59, of 2225 SW Import, PSL; Joseph D’Angelo, 68, of 1137 SE Sabina Lane, PSL; Douglas Sablick, 45, of 925 Gardenia Street, Sebastian; Djuan Sheppard, 29, of 23040 Kipling Street, PSL; Nicholas Linsalata, 44, of 100 2nd Street, Bradenton; Guillermo Covarrubias, 23, of 415 N. 37th Street, Ft. Pierce; Christopher Tan, 39, of 334 SW 12th Street, Vero; and Daizio Velazquez, 25, of 3035 Evergreen Avenue, Stuart

St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said, “We continue to be committed to ridding this type of crime from our community.”

“Prostitution coupled with street level drug activity is a conduit to other criminal activity in our community.”