NANTICOKE — One of two suspects police have been searching for in a local prostitution ring case has been captured.
Nanticoke police, assisted by Newport Township police, took Jose Alvelo, 29, of Nanticoke, into custody at the home of his sister, who lives at 132 Espy St., Nanticoke, Nanticoke police officer Rick Vietz said.
Nanticoke police held Alvelo for Pittston police, who are conducting the prostitution investigation.
Police believe Alvelo, Randy Coleman, of Pittston, and brothers Anthony Lamont Boone, 30, and Gregory Boone, 29, also both of Pittston, posted topless photos of two teens on a website advertisement for escorts.
According to court papers:
The Boones coerced a 16-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman to be prostitutes.
The 16-year-old girl told police she and another 16-year-old girl were driven to a motel room in Tunkhannock, where a man paid them $300 for 30 minutes with them, according to charges filed.
While inside the room, the girls took off their clothes and sat on a bed, stalling for time as the man performed a lewd act, the complaints say.
After leaving the room, they returned to a car, where they allegedly gave Alvelo $300. Alvelo in return gave each girl $50, and the rest of the money was divided up among Alvelo, Coleman and Gregory Boone for being bodyguards, according to criminal complaints.
Alvelo was charged with three counts of promoting prostitution of a minor, and one count each of unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of communication facility. He was arraigned before District Judge Ronald Swank in Wright Township and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional for lack of $500,000 bail.
The Boone brothers were arrested, arraigned and jailed on the same charges on Thursday. Coleman remains at large.