09/07/13 10:55pm
09/07/2013 10:55 PM

SH_CopsAn undercover female police officer helped nab three Riverside men and two others for charges of patronizing a prostitute as part of a reverse prostitution sting Friday in the Riverside area, Southampton Town police said.

The officer who posed as a prostitute was solicited for sex or other sex acts from the local men: Charles J. Hightower, 55, Eduardo Xuya-Tocay, 27, and Edalberto Velasquez, 24, all of whom were charged with third-degree patronizing a prostitute, a misdemeanor, police said.

Mr. Hightower faces a slew of additional charges after police said he possessed cocaine with intent to sell it for sex. Police also determined he was currently on parole and had an active bench warrant for a disorderly conduct arrest from Southampton Town police stemming from a previous incident in Bridgehampton, police said.

Mr. Hightower was charged with two felonies: third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. He was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Mr. Xuya-Tocay was also charged with unlicensed operation of a vehicle for not having a valid driver’s license, police said.

Also arrested in the prostitution sting were Jose Luis Rodriguez-Perez, 41, of Hampton Bays and Miguel A. Hernandez, 32, of Southampton.

The sting, run by members of the Community Response Unit with assistance from patrol officers, was in response to community complaints about frequent street-side prostitution, police said.

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09/17/12 7:00am
09/17/2012 7:00 AM

A Riverhead man was arrested Sunday for reportedly running a brothel in a Maple Avenue home, police said.

Adrian Figueroa, 43, of 320 Maple Avenue was charged with third-degree promoting prostitution and held overnight for arraignment.

The arrest came after police were told that a woman was being held against her will and forced into prostitution at that address. The officers responding found and detained two women, but determined they were there of their own volition. Several other people fled the house, police said.

Officers found Mr. Figueroa in a vehicle nearby and took him into custody based on a witness report that he was the operator of the prostitution business.