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Starke prostitution sting busts leads to police involved fight

6:40 PM, Aug 12, 2013   |    comments
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STARKE, Fla. -- An attempted arrest by Stake police officers turned violent during a prostitution sting on Friday.

While staking out a hotel where police were conducting the sting, officers noticed a suspected prostitute exiting a vehicle that was carrying two male passengers.

SPD began to interview the two subjects and one of them, Jeremiah J. Jones, suddenly pushed an investigator and attempted to flee on foot, according to SPD. 

Jones, 29, then lowered his shoulder as he ran into Officer Samantha Clark, causing her to fall back, then he turned and head-butted Sgt. Hooper in the face.  

Additional officers joined the restraint efforts but Jones, a Jacksonville resident, continued to resist by throwing punches, kicking and head butting, according to police. 

After being handcuffed, Jones was still resisting and head butted Lt. Gorman who had arrived on the scene to assist.  

After gaining control of Jones, he was searched and a plastic bag containing 28.8 grams of cocaine was found on his person.

Meanwhile the postitution sting, which began accessing an online website for escort services in Gainesville and Jacksonville Aug. 7, resulted in three arrests. 

The unit set up three "appointments" for Aug. 9. 

Around 7:20 p.m., Michelle Leigh Treece, Age 32, of Yulee, Florida entered the room and received $500.00 from the UC as payment for sexual services and was arrested and charged with a second degree misdemeanor for her first offense.

Later, Linda Gail Lewis, Age 23, of Jacksonville, Florida entered the room and communicated what act she would do for the previously arranged fee of $500.00 for sexual services and was arrested around 7:50 p.m.  Lewis was charged with a third degree felony for her third subsequent offense. 

Around 11:22 p.m., Sarah Jane Walsh, 32, Amy Brooke Franssen, Age 34, of Gainesville entered the room after arrangements were previously made for a "2 girl special" for $400.00 for sexual services and were arrested.  

Walsh was additionally charged for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  Franssen was additionally charged for felony cocaine possession (Crack) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The second subject in the vehicle identified as Roudoloshire John Henry Brown, was restrained during the initial onset of Jones' resistance.

Jones was charged with the following:
8 Counts of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer (felony)
Cocaine Trafficking (28 grams) (felony)
Tampering with evidence (felony) 
Resisting an Officer with violence (felony)
Transporting a person to a place for the purpose of prostitution. (Misdemeanor)

Brown, 26, of Jacksonville, was charged with resisting an officer without violence.

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