On May 7, 2014, Mehul Patel, 33 of Sarasota, was arrested and charged with renting space to be used for lewdness/prostitution, prohibiting prostitution and related acts and deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution.
In February, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit began an investigation at the Sarasota Airport Hotel, 4900 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Information was received that indicated employees at the hotel were knowingly renting rooms for prostitution. Information also indicated that employees were acting as "look outs" for people engaged in prostitution and narcotics related activities, warning them of police presence on the property. An undercover operation was conducted at the Sarasota Airport Hotel in response to this information.
The investigation continued and Patel was arrested on May 7.
"The Sarasota Police Department has a no tolerance approach to any sort of prostitution activities and any kind of criminal enterprises that stem from prostitution related activities," said Sergeant Demetri Konstantopoulos, Street Crimes Unit, Sarasota Police Department.
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.