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“Name 'em and shame 'em” might well be the motto of Richmond's strategy against prostitution. The Police Department is actively publicizing the names and faces of the "johns" they arrest.
"They were ashamed," said Officer Yesenia Rogers, as she showed KTVU three mug shots from the latest sting a few weeks ago.
The trio included a drug counselor, a personal injury attorney, and a father of five from a suburb twenty minutes away.
"They're just men looking for women," shrugged Officer Rogers, noting that sex trade customers come from all walks of life but frequently have the same story when they are caught welcoming a prostitute into their car.
"They'll say 'I was just driving by, I've never done this before, this was my first time ever, this is not me,'" recounted Rogers. "But we know that's not usually true."
Along Ohio Street and a long stretch of 23rd Avenue, women loiter and try to be inconspicuous as Rogers patrols with her partner, Officer Jennifer Cortez.
One of Richmond's street surveillance cameras provides them a description: white woman, black hair, leggings, maroon jacket.
Cruising past a low-rent hotel, the officers spot her, and pull-over to talk to her, but she is immediately defiant.
"I don't got a dollar to my name, so how was I soliciting?" she demands to know.
They search her, and find condoms in her pocket.
"I don't carry condoms with me," chides Officer Rogers.
"Well, maybe you don't have to," the woman retorts.
She's handcuffed, while she's checked for outstanding warrants, but she's not the prime target for police. They know the sex workers are often desperate and addicted. They're after the pimps who exploit them, but it's difficult to convince the women to turn on them.
"They think he's their boyfriend and they're in love, but he really is pimping them out," said Rogers.
In eight years of patrol in Richmond, and encounters with hundreds of women, she's found the vast majority don't like what they're doing.
"Two of them, when I asked, told me they enjoy what they do," Rogers recalled, "the others, no. It's just easy money."
And many prostitutes admit they have children who they no longer have custody of.
"Some of them, it's sad, because you can see it's not who they really are," observed Rogers.
Questioning a suspected streetwalker on 23rd Avenue, the officers pulled vials of pills from her purse, plus a syringe and small vials of liquid.
"That's for my infected finger," she declared, claiming to be drug-free.
How to explain the meth pipe found in her purse?
"I don't have the slightest idea, I didn't put it in there," she said, as the officers listened knowingly.
She was transported to jail on outstanding warrants.
Later at the hotel, where the suspected prostitute was initially so belligerent, officers managed to calm her down and get an honest admission.
"I hate prostituting; selling myself" she said grimly, "I've been dealing with it for many, many years. Too many!"
She received a warning and was let go.
By outing customers, police hope to curb demand. They want men who come to Richmond to buy sex to be aware that their identities will show up on Facebook, Twitter, and the evening news.Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:19:38 -0700
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a shooting on Friday in Richmond that left a 28-year-old man dead and injured a 71-year-old man, police said Saturday.
At about 1 a.m. on Friday police responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the 1300 block of Coalinga Avenue where a 71-year-old resident had also reported a burglary, according to Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov.
Officers arrived to find the 71-year-old resident suffering from gunshot wounds to the leg outside a building used as a home and a plumbing business, Abetkov said.
The man was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was listed in stable condition on Friday, according to Abetkov.
A short time later, three men in a vehicle transported a gunshot victim to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, located about a mile from the site of the shooting on Coalinga Avenue.
That victim succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. He has been identified as Pierre Andre Reddrick Jr., 28, of Richmond, a Contra Costa County coroner's deputy said.
Police detained the three men in the vehicle for questioning at the hospital, Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill said.
Richmond residents Terrell Franklin, 27, and Devonte Lewis, 21, and Hercules resident Michael Pitre, 28, were arrested for homicide,
attempted homicide and burglary, Hill said. Police are continuing to investigate the shooting and talking with witnesses.Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:01:50 -0700
Mariners, surfers and beachgoers in the Bay Area are advised by the U.S. Coast Guard to use caution as high surf is expected to pass through Northern California Saturday and Sunday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a high-surf warning for the California coastline today from Sonoma County in the north to Monterey County in the south.
The high-surf warning also means that there is an increased risk for rip currents and sneaker waves on west and northwest facing beaches, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Mariners are advised to stay informed and abreast of changing weather conditions by monitoring storms through local radio, television and via the Internet, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Mariners should remember to always wear life jackets while on the water and have a working VHF marine radio aboard their vessel.
The U.S. Coast Guard is reminding mariners to file a float plan with friends, family members and local marinas before heading out on the water. The list should include the number of passengers aboard the vessel, the vessel's destination, a description of the vessel, and an expected time of return.
The U.S. Coast Guard is urging all mariners to ensure that their vessels have marine flares onboard and to check that bilge pumps are operational and that vessels are secure enough to endure heavy winds and rain.
Mariners are encouraged to check NOAA's website at www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/ for both current and predicted weather and water conditions. Additional boating safety information is available to the public at www.uscgboating.org.Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:33:46 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories