Arundel police arrest man who they say sought to rob prostitutes

An armed man posing as a police officer was arrested amid an Anne Arundel prostitution sting designed to net would-be johns, authorities said.

Steven James Gravley Jr., 27, of the unit block of Stockmill Road in Pikesville was charged with attempted robbery, police impersonation and prostitution, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police said Gravley answered an Internet ad that officers had placed as part of sting targeting customers of prostitutes in Linthicum and Hanover.

But Gravley arrived at a hotel room where he thought he was meeting a prostitute with a BB gun in his waist band, police said. He carried no money and wore a shirt with an embroidered gold badge, according to authorities. Police charge that Gravley intended to rob the prostitute, but found the officers instead.

The sting — which occurred during second and third weeks of January — also resulted in the arrest of six other men on prostitution charges.

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