Prostitution sting nabs 5 suspected johns

  • Timothy Reeves

KAILUA-KONA — Five men were arrested on suspicion of prostitution this week after Hawaii Police Department’s Vice section conducted a sting operation downtown.

One of the men, identified as 30-year-old Timothy Reeves, was charged with prostitution. The other four were released.

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The arrests occurred on Wednesday and Thursday at a local hotel. Police officials say suspects offered money for sex to an undercover female officer.

Reeves was the first to be arrested. He was taken into custody at 2:22 p.m. Wednesday. The 30-year-old was also charged with two counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug after he was found in possession of methamphetamine.

Corin Foster, 26, of Kailua-Kona, was arrested at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of prostitution for offering a woman money for sex. He was not charged, and was released.

John Stephenson, 28, also of Kailua-Kona, was arrested at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday on suspicion of prostitution for offering a woman money for sex. He was also not charged and was released.

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Two more men were arrested on Thursday, Aubrey McDonald, 33, of Hamakua, and Jose Vilchis, 33, of Honaunau. Both were arrested on suspicion of prostitution for offering a woman money for sex. However, neither were charged and both were released.

Reeves had his initial appearance in 3rd District Court Friday. He was denied a bail reduction, which remains at $4,250. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.