PATERSON, NJ - A major crackdown on prostitution by the Paterson Police Department led to 44 arrests on Tuesday.

According to Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, the operation came in response to numerous complaints about prostitutes loitering in the area of Van Houten and East 18th Street. The report reads that the women would solicit passersby for sexual acts in exchange for cash “at all times of the day and night.”

The investigation, Speziale added, consisted of undercover detectives acting as “Johns” while the second phase consisted of undercover officers acting as prostitutes.

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Of the 44 arrested 12 were of alleged prostitutes and 25 were reportedly “Johns”. An additional seven suspects were arrested for drugs related and other charges.

Additionally, a total of 38 criminal complaints were filed and four baggies of marijuana as well as 12 glassines of heroin were recovered.

“Prostituiton has no place in Paterson and our police department proved it last night,” Mayor Andre Sayegh said following the operation.

Arrested soliciting undercover detectives as “Johns” were:

Roxanne Gillette, 33, Absecon

 Samantha Baratta, 28, Mastic, NY

Bernadette Kruse, 55, Elmwood Park

Briana Mattson, 25, Montville

Dana Bellamy, 40, Paterson 

Marleny Mercedes- Perez, 33, Paterson

Ashley Fenske, 34, Vineland

 Leslie Thompson, 40, Paterson

Briana Ramirez, 29, New Milford

Kristie Degroate, 40, Mahwah

Cherise Clanton, 48, Paterson

Rhonda Mays, 41, Paterson


Arrested for soliciting undercover detectives as prostitutes were:

Anthony Mateo, 19, Paterson

David Brown, 45, Passaic 

Jerry Rodriguez, 49, Nutley 

Regnald Hopkins, 41, Paterson

Christopher Beauchamp, 32, Paterson

Andre Haughton, 33, Paterson

Joseph Auad, 78, Paramus

Taneq Alhalbani, 53, Paterson

Christian Bravo, 27, Prospect Park

Nazjamar Jackson, 20, Paterson

Henry Cortes, 50, Hewitt

Edward Brown, 60, Cresskill

Maurice English, 45, Paterson

Charles Clay, 43, Paterson

Chanel Simon, 22, Passaic

Vance Mixon, 31, Paterson

Gary Ueras, 20, Paterson

Oniel Vassell, 44, Paterson

Daniel Andre, 59, Paterson

Downiel Sanchez- Reyes, 22, Paterson

Yahia Saidi, 21, Paterson

Craig Temes, 50, Hasbrouck Heights

Asim Chowdry, 30, Nutley

Christopher Williams, 55, Paterson

Rzouk Kattoura, 37, North Bergen


Other Arrests:

Oscar Revilla, 34, Paterson

Jimmy Williams, 63, Paterson

Jahkeith Sermond, 55, Paterson

Lyndell McCoy, 38, Paterson

Jamar Bell, 30, Paterson

Kenneth Mejia, 36, Clifton

Oscar Revilla, 35, Paterson