Cell Phone Argument Leads To Prostitution Arrests
Police were called to a Mahwah hotel room to settle the dispute
A man and woman were arrested at the Super 8 Motel in Mahwah early Friday morning on prostitution related charges after police were called to their motel room to settle an argument over a cell phone, Police Chief James Batelli said Friday.
According to Batelli, Jasmine Ruiz, 19, of the Bronx, called police at about 3:25 a.m. Friday to report that a friend of hers, Richei Leyva, 36, of Florida, had taken her cell phone and would not give it back.
Mahwah Lieutenant Jeffery Dino, and Officers Daniel Stewat and Mazen Kandis responded to the hotel room the two were staying in, and settled the cell phone dispute, Batelli said.
However, in the course of the investigation, police recovered evidence and charged Ruiz with “engaging in sexual activity in exchange for economic value,” and Leyva with “solicitation to engage in sex in exchange for economic value,” Batelli said. The amount of money allegedly exchanged between the two was $250, police said.
Ruiz was also charged with providing false information to police and resisting arrest, Batelli said. About $1500 from the motel room was seized as “proceeds from criminal activity,” Batelli said.
Both were released on their own recognizance and will appear in Mahwah Municipal Court May 15.