Two Pennsylvania residents, including one who jumped out of a second-floor window and led police on a chase through Newark Shopping Center, were arrested last week during a prostitution sting at a Main Street motel.
The Newark Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit, which regularly conducts such operations, responded to an online post advertising prostitution and set up a meeting at the Super 8, located at 268 E. Main St., according to NPD spokesman Lt. Fred Nelson.
A plainclothes officer went to the motel just after 2 p.m. June 12. After a transaction at the door, the officer identified himself as law enforcement and arrested Requan Bussey, 21, of Philadelphia, without incident, Nelson said.
Bussey is transgender but in the advertisement used the photo of a woman who was not present at the motel, Nelson added.
Other officers then entered the room and announced their presence.
“They heard a commotion from the bathroom,” Nelson said. “They opened the bathroom door and found that subjects has escaped through the second-floor window.”
Nelson said it is not clear whether they jumped to the ground or were able to access the exterior corridor that leads to a staircase.
The suspects ran down Main Street toward Chapel Street, and Cpl. Kenneth Odom apprehended one after a foot chase through Newark Shopping Center. The man was later identified as Bobbie Johnson, 22, of Norristown, Pa., and charged with resisting arrest and conspiracy.
Bussey was charged with prostitution and conspiracy.
Both were issued criminal summonses to appear in court.
Two others who fled out the window were able to escape.