Conyers police arrested six "johns" in a bust of a prostitution operation at a local motel Tuesday.
Altogether officers arrested nine individuals, three females and six males, at Motel 6, 1351 Dogwood Drive, on Pimping, Prostitution and Pandering charges.
Jennifer Leigh Kendrick, 29, of 125 Cross Creek Drive, Covington, was charged with Pimping.
An 18-year-old girl from Monroe and a 16-year-old girl from Covington were charged with Prostitution.
The "johns" arrested were:
- Terence Marcel Eatman, 42, 16202 Saint James Dr, Conyers, charged with Pandering, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
- Temesgen Andarge Beyene, 22, 2525 Skylars Mill Way, Snellville, charged with Pandering, Wanted Person Arrest (Failure to Appear - Snellville)
- John Steven Owens, 65, 3347 Bartlett Ave, Conyers, charged with Pandering, Open Container
- Roger A. Rankin-Watson, 45, 1467 Muirfield Drive, Stone Mountain, charged with Pandering
- Oloade A. Olagoke, 19, 1109 Carillon Dr SE, Conyers, charged with Pandering
- William Davis Boney, 38, 85 Bradley Street, Covington, charged with Pandering
All were still in the Rockdale County jail as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The first arrests occured after officers investigated a suspicious looking vehicle in the parking lot of the Motel 6 around 7:30 a.m. Officers have lately been patroling motels and hotels more frequently due to a recent increase in property and auto break-ins, said Crime Analyst Kim Lucas.
The investigation of the suspicious vehicle led to the discovery of the three females and the operation. One was arrested for pimping while the other two were arrested on prostitution charges.
At that point, the investigation was handed over to the Conyers Police Special Operations Unit. Special Operations took over the females’ room at the motel and began arresting clients as they arrived at the motel room.
Over a period of five hours, six arrests were made for the charge of Pandering.
Many of the arrangements in prostitution are facilitated through social media platforms nowadays, explained Lucas. After the arrangements were made, the johns were told to come to the motel rooms at different times.
"Motel 6 was very cooperative once we brought to their attention what was going on," said Lucas.
She added, "We would like the motels and hotels to better screen what's going on and be willing to call us if such activity is going on and get it out of there."
"We want to make sure we keep this out of the city."
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