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City of Columbia Police Department
Tuesday September 9th, 2014 :: 02:57 p.m. EDT


Prostitution Investigation Leads to Seven Arrests

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook announces that seven individuals have been arrested and charged in connection with a proactive, undercover prostitution investigation.

Officers conducted the investigation city-wide and focused attention in the Pinehurst/Jones McDonald, Bradley and MLK Park communities from September 5-6, 2014.

The arrests come on the heels of several meetings between CPD and community leaders/citizens’ concerns regarding illegal activity.

The suspects include four females and three males:

*Angela Allen
DOB: 3-7-1978
Solicitation for Prostitution

*Antonio Bethel
DOB: 3-22-1986
Solicitation for Prostitution
Simple Possession of Marijuana

*Melquon McFadden
DOB: 10-16-1992
Solicitation for Prostitution

*Tamiko Smith
DOB: 9-11-1970
Solicitation for Prostitution

*Cassandra Taylor
DOB: 4-9-1971
Solicitation for Prostitution

*Robert Weston
DOB: 8-9-1982
Solicitation for Prostitution

*Christy N. Williams
DOB: 4-28-1980
Solicitation for Prostitution

The suspects were arrested in the following areas:
Two Notch Road
Tremain Street
Covenant Road
Magnolia Street
Beltline Boulevard
Laurel Street
Waverly Street
Millwood Avenue
Santee Avenue

CPD will be conducting similar investigations/operations in the near future across the entire city.

If citizens see suspicious activity in their communities, they are encouraged to call CPD HQ at 545-3500.
They can also call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.

City of Columbia Police Department
Justice Square
Columbia, SC 29201

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 803-252-2911

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