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Operation Gauntlet

Post Date:03/08/2018 3:09 PM

The Odessa Police Department recently participated in a joint prostitution operation that lasted 15 days. Approximately 62 arrests were made, including 55 of the arrests occurring in Odessa. The arrests consisted of approximately 18 felony charges and 50 misdemeanor charges. The average age of each defendant was 29.5 years old. The total incoming messages received was 12,329 and the total unique phone numbers chatted with was approximately 1,361. Please see below for more details involving the operation:

Phase One (Child Predator Sting) Feb 16-17th

During the two (2) day Operation, undercover chatters posted ads on popular online classified websites and conducted undercover texting and phone calls posing as a thirteen (13) year old female child.  Undercover chatters responded to six thousand and ninety five (6095) incoming messages from three hundred and thirty (330) unique phone phones, resulting in seven (7) arrests for Online Solicitation of a Minor under the age of 14, 2nd degree Felony. After the conclusion of the operation, Special Agents also had probable Cause for two (2) arrest warrants on two (2) suspects for Sexual Performance of a Minor under the age of 14, 1st degree Felony and two (2) arrest warrants on two (2) additional suspects for Display Harmful Material to a Minor, Class A Misdemeanor.

Online Solicitation of a Minor <14YOA, 2nd Degree Felony

o   Sebastian Zapata (age 22)

o   Eduardo Galvan (age 25)

o   Randall Sparkman (age 40) *REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER*

o   Alex Olivas (age 38)

o   Seth Patin (age 30)

o   David Williams (age 43)

o   Wesley Nickell (age 57)

Sexual Performance of a Minor <14YOA, 1st Degree Felony

o   Osvaldo SiFuentes (age 46)

o   James Lambert (age 23)

Display Harmful Material to a Minor, Class A Misdemeanor

o   Juan Raigoza (age 24)

o   Russell Scott (age 34)

Phase Two (Buyer “John” Sting) Feb 21-24th

During the four (4) day Operation, undercover chatters posted ads on popular online classified websites and conducted undercover texting and phone calls posing as a sixteen (16) female child and a nineteen (19) year old adult female.  Undercover chatters responded to five thousand and two hundred (5200) incoming messages from seven hundred and fifty-six (756) unique phone phones, resulting in twenty-six (26) arrests for Prostitution, Class B Misdemeanor, five (5) arrests for Prostitution Solicit Person under 18, 2nd Degree Felony.

Prostitution, Class B Misdemeanor

o   Robert Loysoya (age 59)

o   Johnny Bryant (age 31)

o   Cody Pendergrass (age 31)

o   Jonathon Kirkman (age 46)

o   German Ortega-Ortega (age 30)

o   Omar Reyna (age 43)

o   Eduardo Ibanez (age 31)

o   Sterling Fincher (age 26)

o   Nikolos Robinson (age 37)

o   Raefael Hernandez (age 43)

o   Stephan Punch (age 51)

o   Ariel Portillo (age 25)

o   Fabian Hernandez (age 34)

o   Aram Barrios-Hernandez (age 42)

o   Oludayo Olanyinka (age 37)

o   Jared Cunnigham (age 34)

o   Bill Oneal (age 45)

o   Jason Page (age 44)

o   Daniel Okunola (age 39)

o   Brandon Moore (age 31)

o   Aaron Mata (age 26)

o   Raymundo Gonzalez (age 43)

o   Luis Casas Jr (age 25)

o   Timothy Hicks (age 45)

o   Kurtis Shaw (age 18)

o   Stanley Daniel (age 21)

Prostitution Solicit Person under the age of 18, 2nd Degree Felony

o   Alfredo Garcia (age 25)

o   Eric Gesch (age 43)

o   Christian Love (age 21)

o   Alex Brito (age 27)

o   Peyton Coffman (age 24)

Phase Three (Human Trafficking Victim Recovery and Buyer “John” Sting) Feb 28th - March 3rd

During the four (4) day Operation, undercover chatters posted ads on popular online classified websites and conducted undercover texting and phone calls posing as a sixteen (16) female child. Undercover Officers also posted as Human Trafficking victims on the street attempting to be solicited for sexual conduct in exchange for money.  Undercover officers and Special Agents also posed as buyer “johns” of Human Trafficking in an effort to recover and rescue Human Trafficking Victims.   Special Agents and Officers also conducted a search warrant at a Massage Parlor (Lucky Spa) after and undercover officer was solicited for sexual conduct. Undercover chatters responded to one thousand and thirty four (1034) incoming messages from two hundred and seventy five (275) unique phone phones, resulting in fifteen (15) arrests for Prostitution, Class B Misdemeanor,  one (1) arrest for Prostitution – Enhanced one (1) previous conviction, Class A Misdemeanor, , one (1) arrest for Prostitution – Enhanced more than three (3) convictions, State Jail Felony, one (1) arrest for Prostitution Solicit Person under 18, 2nd Degree Felony, one (1) arrest for Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution, 2nd Degree Felony.

Prostitution, Class B Misdemeanor

o   Patricia Chapman (age 46)

o   Ashley Hernandez (age 24)

o   Kami Martinez (age 19)

o   Alexus Phillips (age 22)

o   Kalleigh Tyler (age 25)

o   Dwight Thomas (age 28)

o   Keith Davidson (age 48)

o   Hamza Kechah (age 38)

o   Ahlieya Caudillo (age 19)

o   Adrianna Alcorta (age 22)

o   Jasmine Miles (age 18)

o   Tashonda Caraway (age 22)

o   Tiara Runels (age 24)

o   Desirey Carrizales (age 22)

o   Young Yu (age 49)

Prostitution, Class A Misdemeanor

o   Rachel Tate (age 31)

Prostitution – Enhanced State Jail Felony

o   Ding Bing (age 52)

Prostitution Solicit Person under the age of 18, 2nd Degree Felony

o   Lloyd David (age 28)

Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution, 2nd Degree Felony

o   Lee Hunsun (age 67)

 
Assisting Agencies / Divisions

TX DPS

            CID Midland

            Aircraft

            ICT Headquarters (TX Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking)

            THP

            CID Polygraph (Midland, Abilene, and El Paso)

Odessa Police Department

            Detectives (Narcotics and Property)

            Patrol

Midland Police Department

            Directed Patrol

            CID

            Patrol

Midland County Sheriff’s Office

            SWAT

Midland Fire Department

            Tactical Medics

Andrews Police Department

            Detectives

Abilene Police Department

            Detectives (Internet Crimes)

Federal Bureau of Investigations

            Violent Crimes Against Children

United States Marshal’s Service

            Lone Star Fugitive Task Force

TX Dept of Family and Protective Services (DFPS/CPS)

TX Rescue Against Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking (TX RACE HT) Unit – Permian Basin

Midland County District Attorney’s Office

            Investigator

            District Attorney (Legal Advice)

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