Prostitution crackdown leads to 10 arrests

Police: Suspects trying to pick up prostitutes

A crackdown in an area that neighbors say is plagued by prostitution has resulted in the arrests of 10 men, the alleged would-be customers.

San Antonio police conducted the sweep along N. Zarzamora Wednesday afternoon after receiving complaints from neighbors, according to Officer Matthew Porter, spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department.

All of the men who were arrested were trying to hire prostitutes, Porter said.

Blanca Martel, who has lived in the area for decades, said she had noticed the problem at all hours of the day.

"The car's passing and then they stop and it's very obvious they're not working,” she said. "The people are walking early in the morning, in the afternoon and the nighttime. They don't have nothing to do in there. This is a neighborhood."

It’s a neighborhood in which police have conducted these types of crackdowns before.

Last November, SAPD along with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a similar sweep along N. Zarzamora and made 64 arrests.

Chief William McManus said at that time that his agency would follow up with more operations like that in the future.

Martel said with each crackdown, she has seen the activity subside, but then eventually pick up again.

“The people keep doing it, steady,” she said.

The people who were arrested Wednesday are: Juan Cordova, 39; Santos Bishop, Jr., 49; Jacob Gutierrez, 25; Javier Hernandez, 39; Julian Mata, 17; Isidro Ledezma, 42; Jose Evora Guadron, 50; Saad Al Talibawi, 32; Francisco Tepil Lopez, 21; and Eladio Lopez, 30.

All of them are charged with one count of prostitution.

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