(WBIR-Knoxville) The Knoxville Police Department said officers arrested 19 people following a prostitution operation spanning from Thursday through early Saturday morning.
According to Lt. Keith DeBow, officers received numerous complaints of prostitution and other criminal activity in the area of Central St. and Broadway.
KPD launched several operations at different times of the day, targeting prostitutes who were soliciting, and those patronizing prostitution. DeBow said officers pose as prostitutes and customers in the operations, which are planned to continue through summer in the area and others throughout the city.
In the first roundup, a total of 8 men were charged with patronizing prostitution and 11 people were charged for soliciting prostitution.
Charged for patronizing prostitution:
Patrick Welch 48, of North Knoxville
Manuel Santiago 43, of North Knoxville
Ricky Hollifield 54, of Jacksboro
Alvin Caffey 52, of East Knoxville
Jeffery Croft 49, of Clinton
Henery Gonzales 34, of West Knoxville
Randolph Hunter 58, of East Knoxville
Jeffrey Williams 51, of Tazwell
Charged for Soliciting prostitution:
Tracy fox 28, of East Knoxville
Diedra Walker 43, of North Knoxville (Charged with 2 counts of prostitution and 1count of promoting prostitution)
Angie Nichols 43, of Maryville (also charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia)
Yolanda McKenzy 58, of East Knoxville
Josephine Collwell 39, of North Knoxville
Victoria Stafford 47, West Knoxville
Reanna Willhite 29, of South Knoxville
Johnnie Long 58, of Marryville
Marie Crawford 48, of North Knoxville
Emily Carmichael 22, of East Knox County
Tiffany Sharp 44, South Knoxville (also charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia)