5 arrested in prostitution sting at Rock Hill motels

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 24, 2014 

— Five people were arrested Wednesday in a prostitution sting at two Rock Hill motels located in an area of the city that police in the past few months have saturated to reduce overlapping crime and traffic violations.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, Rock Hill police officers and agents with the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a sting operation that netted three alleged prostitutes and two men, said Rock Hill Police Executive Officer Mark Bollinger.

Rumors that prostitutes were operating in Rock Hill prompted authorities to launch the sting, Bollinger said. Police gathered more solid information within the last few months, he said, and launched the sting.

The motels targeted include the Super 8 motel on Riverview Road and the Ramada Inn on North Cherry Road. Both of those motels are housed within the city police department's Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety zone, an initiative police and state troopers started more than a year ago to saturate an area of Rock Hill that saw an overlapping surge in violent and property crimes coupled with traffic accidents.

Those arrested in Wednesday's sting include:

• Michelle Sheppard, 19, of Rock Hill, charged with prostitution, $470 bond

• Devoja Clay, 23, of Charlotte, charged with prostitution and possession of marijuana, $900 bond

• George Alford, 41, of Charlotte, charged with prostitution, possession of cocaine and possession of heroin, $470 bond

• Julie Elliott, 26, of Pineville, charged with prostitution, possession of cocaine and possession of heroin, $470 bond

• Michael Brandon Allen, 38, of Statesville, N.C., charged with prostitution, possession of cocaine and possession of heroin, $470 bond

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