Moon Police: West Virginia Women Charged with Prostitution, Plotted Robbery
Woman arrested in an undercover prostitution sting "grabbed and clawed" officers who tried to subdue her, according to court records.
Moon Police charged a trio of West Virginia women with prostitution following a sting at a Moon Township hotel.
Police allege the women attempted to use an escort services ad to lure a client to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Cherrington Parkway, then rob him of his money.
Police in a complaint said a woman identified as 21-year-old Jessica Wise, of West Virginia, agreed to meet with an undercover Moon Township Police officer on March 6 at the hotel to have sex in exchange for money.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted Moon Police to investigate several advertisements for Pittsburgh-area escort services, according to a criminal complaint filed by Moon Detective Charles Carr.
The postings were being investigated as possible child prostition, according to the complaint. Wise responded to the advertisement in question, Carr said.
Police in Moon conducted dozens of undercover prostitution stings in 2011 and 2012, many of them at Moon-area hotels.
After meeting at the hotel, Carr said the woman requested a payment of $200, and agreed to dance. Moments after Carr placed money on the room's dresser, Wise, who was texting on her cell phone during the transaction, grabbed the stack of cash and attempted flee, police allege.
Officers apprehended Wise in the hotel hallway. The woman "grabbed and clawed officers with her fingernails" to resist arrest, according to the complaint.
Wise, still on her phone, attempted to contact another member of her group as officers restrained her.
Police found Wise's white Chevrolet Cobalt parked in the hotel's parking lot. Two women, Melissa Evans, 24, and Caila Evans, 21, were found waiting for Wise. Carr wrote that the three used a cell phone to communicate with each other.
Wise faces charges including prostitution, aggravated assault, robbery, possessing instruments of crime promoting prostitution, simple assault, criminal conspiracy, and resisting arrest, according to court records.
Both Caila and Melissa Evans are charged with criminal conspiracy, possessing instruments of crime, and promoting prostitution.
A preliminary hearing for each woman is slated for March 19 in Coraopolis.