March 28, By Hannah Wulkan
Police arrested eight men on Roosevelt Avenue last weekend for trying to solicit sex for money.
As part of an undercover sting operation, police busted the men for attempting to solicit sex from an undercover police officer at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 80th Street between 11 p.m. Friday and the early hours of Saturday morning, said an NYPD spokesperson.
The operation led to the arrest of eight men between the ages of 22 and 44 years old, who offered between $30 and $500 for various sexual acts.
The men arrested were Cruz Mora, 25, Guy Bandenay, 44, German Gonzalez, 29, Santos Perez, 36, Alvaro Sanchez, 39, Carlos Quituizaca, 28, Jonathan Bautista, 22, and Ismael Flores, 26.
State Senator Jose Peralta, whose district includes much of Roosevelt Avenue, launched an initiative last year to clean up the area. He plans to put together a Roosevelt Avenue task force to focus on crime in the area.
“Unfortunately, this vibrant avenue has become the New Times Square, and as there was political will to clean up Times Square, it is my hope that there is political will to clean up Roosevelt Avenue,” said Peralta said in a statement.
“This is one of the most cultural diverse thoroughfares in New York City, and as one of the gems of Queens, we should work to make sure New Yorkers and visitors are able to enjoy it without persistent crime.”