NEWARK.NJ -  An Elizabeth man has been arrested by Newark police for soliciting prostitution, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reported.

John Whitaker, 54, of Elizabeth, was arrested Feb. 17, for attempting to solicit sex from a prostitute in the areas of Sherman Avenue and East Bigelow Street and along Frelinghuysen Avenue. Along with the Elizabeth man, members of the Newark Police Division’s Special Enforcement Bureau arrested 14 more individuals for prostitution and soliciting. 

The women arrested, all from Newark, are: Christina Daggett, 29; Davitta Johnson, 52; Carmen Sanchez, 50; Dana Everette, 48; Leah Gibson, 24; and Tiarah Wheeler, 31. All were charged with prostitution. 

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The other eight men arrested while seeking sex for money are: James Haywood, 52, of Newark; Jose Quizpilema, 33, of Newark; Victor Santos, 45, of Harrison; Musa Kamara, 20, of Staten Island, NY; Lhadj Doukoure, 22, of Newark; Arthur Settle, 29, of Newark; Derrick Jones, 20 of Newark; and Zaher Hamdeh, 30, of Woodland Park. All suspects are charged with soliciting prostitution. 

A total of 8 vehicles were towed during the arrests. 

“These arrests are due to the public’s involvement in alerting us to criminal activity occurring in their neighborhoods,” Director Ambrose said. “Our partnership with our citizens is one of greatest assets. We will continue to respond to and answer citizen complaints while enforcing the law.” 

These charges are merely accusations. Each suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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