TX: 2 arrested in McAllen prostitution sting

Jared Taylor
April 8, 2009 – 9:44AM

McALLEN — Two women were arrested last week as part of a prostitution sting in the city’s downtown.

Police received complaints that prostitutes were being picked up in downtown McAllen in broad daylight and then taken to La Casita Motel, 120 S. Fourth St., to exchange sex for money, according to court documents.

A male police officer went undercover Saturday morning and drove around downtown McAllen.

About 11:30 a.m., he pulled over at a stop sign on the 1600 block of Chicago Avenue when he saw a woman and waved to her.

The woman, E. M., 48, opened the car’s passenger door and sat on the front seat.

Police said the woman agreed to perform any sexual acts with the undercover officer for $40. The pair agreed to meet at La Copa Hotel, 2000 S. 10th St. M. said she knew a woman who worked there and would rent a room for $10. The suspected prostitute also told the officer she did not want to go to La Casita Motel because “there was a lot of police that patrol that area,” court documents state.

When they arrived at the motel, other McAllen police investigators were waiting there to arrest M.

She was arraigned Sunday on one count of prostitution, a Class B misdemeanor. M. was booked at the Hidalgo County Jail and released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.

A second woman was arrested on prostitution charges Friday afternoon.

B. G., 48, was holding a plastic fruit tray as she sat on a window sill at the corner of Broadway and Beaumont Avenue about 3:45 p.m. Friday.

An undercover policeman pulled up and waved at G., according to court documents. The officer then drove around the block, returned and waited about a minute before G. hopped into the undercover vehicle.

The two exchanged sexual innuendo about the fruit, then the officer asked if G. would have sex with him for $40, court documents state. The undercover officer said he would have sex with her for an hour.

G. seemed surprised. “Oh no, why so long?” she responded, according to court documents in the case. The officer said it was because she looked so nice.

The pair went to the parking lot at the corner of Beaumont and Broadway so G. could put a quarter into the parking meter for her van.

The officer then gave the signal to place G. under arrest. She was arraigned Saturday in McAllen Municipal Court, where bond was set at $2,000. G. was subsequently released from the Hidalgo County Jail.

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Jared Taylor covers law enforcement and general assignments for The Monitor. You can reach him at (956) 683-4439.

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