In latest undercover sting on Tamiami Trail, Sarasota police arrest 4 on prostitution-related charges

kirby@bradenton.comMay 20, 2014 

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota Police Department ran an undercover prostitution operation on May 13 in order to target individuals soliciting prostitutes, also known as Johns. Four individuals were arrested as a result of the operation, police said.

Mehul Patel, 33, of Sarasota was arrested and charged for renting space used for prostitution at the Sarasota Airport Hotel, 4900 N. Tamiami Trail on May 7. Patel was a hotel employee, and in addition to renting the room specifically for prostitution he also said that he would give warning if any officers came on the property, according to the police report.

Three others were arrested as alleged Johns, ranging from ages 46 to 60, and three vehicles were seized -- including a full-size dump truck.

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