Police: 6 would-be ‘Johns’ busted in Kensington prostitution sting
Police arrested six men in an undercover prostitution sting in Kensington on Thursday.
A Philadelphia Police Department vice unit set up its web at Kensington Avenue and East Venango Street. The arrests were made between roughly 10 a.m. and 12:20 p.m., police said.
Six men were charged with soliciting prostitution or patronizing a prostitute. One man was also charged with illegally possessing three Viagra pills.
Police seized six vehicles, including a taxi cab, and $2,064.
Police released the following information about the sting, as well as mugshots of five of the six men who were arrested in the operation, on Friday:
* Benjamin Vonyan Allen, 54, of Levittown, charged with patronizing a prostitute and solicitation;
* Desmond Cunningham, 47, of West Nedro Avenue, patronizing a prostitute and solicitation;
* John Francis, 49, of Gilham Street, solicitation;
* Robert Santiago, 36, of East Stella Street, patronizing a prostitute and solicitation;
* Charles Elgart, 69, of Blue Bell, patronizing a prostitute, solicitation and possession of a controlled dangerous substance;
* Stevenson Alcis, 35, of Hellerman Street, patronizing a prostitute and solicitation.