FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne police conducted what is described as a “reverse sting” to catch four people suspected of advertising prostitution on the internet with the intention of robbing customers who thought they were going to engage in a sexual encounter.
The first reported robbery was in June. A man responded to an ad posted on the escort website, BackPage.com. According to court documents, he called the number listed and met a woman identified by police as Amy Pacheco, but it didn’t go the way he expected. The man was robbed.
“This is not at all uncommon, but what was very concerning to us, obviously, was the fact that these individuals were being robbed at gunpoint,” Joyner said.
Fort Wayne Police Spokesman Michael Joyner said since that robbery there have been at least eight more reported cases of men looking for a prostitute on a number of websites including BackPage and Craigslist.
“What had happened was associates of the female prostitute would all of a sudden spring into action, produce firearms and rob the client,” Joyner said.
On August 21, detectives with the robbery division, vice and narcotics and the Gang and Violent Crimes Unit lured the four individuals to an agreed upon location where they were arrested. Enocsha Boyd, Shanika Clay, Tyreoun Guy and Amy Pacheco were all arrested on a number of charges including criminal confinement, robbery and corrupt business influence. Joyner said he thinks there are even more victims out there who are staying quiet.
“It’s an illegal activity in the first place and number two the embarrassment associated with this,” Joyner said. “Typically you see that these individuals are in a relationship already.”
A warning to anyone thinking about meeting for a casual encounter – you could be next.
“You are at a disadvantage if you’re an individual looking for these types of services through the internet,” Joyner said. “You’re in their territory and they control it and it’s a perfect setup for a rip-off.”
Joyner said the investigation is ongoing, and he expects at least two more people will be arrested.