Eight men charged with solicitation of prostitution


Eight men were arrested Wednesday night and charged with solicitation of prostitution along a street in the Maryland Food Warehouse Center, Howard County police said yesterday.

Undercover plainclothes female officers were approached on separate occasions beginning about 5 p.m. along Assateague Drive in the food center and were asked by the eight men to perform various sex acts for money, according to police reports.

The undercover officers then asked the men -- some of whom are truck drivers traveling through the area -- to meet them around the corner on Oceano Avenue, where they were arrested by waiting detectives.

The area, long the target of anti-prostitution efforts by police, is near the heavily used truck stop on Route 175 that is known as the Trucker's Inn.

The men were identified by police as Jason R. Ferris of Odenton; Robert N. Stubblefield and Angel N. Avila, both of Jessup; Billy G. Hartiman of Frankford, Mich.; Charles O. Weller of Mifflinburg, Pa.; James E. Creek of Capitol Heights; Glenn I. Hess of Lebanon, Pa.; and Michael A. Branch of Queens, N.Y.

The men were released the same day on their own recognizance.

Pub Date: 11/08/96

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