Prostitution sting nets 11 arrests

Undercover operation targeted activity at two area hotels

By Katherine Wartell

Karl Kandt’s arrest was expunged in March 2015. There was no conviction or diversion in his case.

Riley County officers arrested five additional people Thursday afternoon on charges related to prostitution as a result of undercover stings at the Clarion Hotel and America’s Best Value Inn. Eleven people have now been arrested following the two-day operation.

Officers arrested Kara Washam-Pugh, 20, Wichita, and Amanda Korbe, 26, Wichita, for prostitution and Adrian Shuckahosee, 30, Topeka, for conspiracy to commit prostitution. Karl Kandt, 44, Herington, and Pharel Petitfrere, 36, 3024 Sandstone Dr., Apt. 7, were arrested for patronizing a prostitute.

Officers also arrested Washam-Pugh for counterfeiting and forgery, and Shuckahosee was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

The women were arrested at the Clarion Hotel, 530 Richards Dr., while Kandt and Petitfrere were arrested at America’s Best Value Inn, 1501 Tuttle Creek Blvd. Washam-Pugh, Korbe and Shuckahosee remain confined to the Riley County Jail.

The arrests follow six made on Wednesday afternoon at the same hotels.

At America’s Best Value Inn, officers arrested Shannon Channell, 41, Junction City, for prostitution, Donte Roberts, 29, Wichita, for endangering a child, promoting prostitution, misdemeanor theft and failure to appear, and Decemantrea Richardson, 21, Wichita, for prostitution, misdemeanor theft and endangering a child. They also arrested Cullen McGraw, 21, Hiawatha, for obstruction of the legal process.

Lt. Josh Kyle said the child endangerment charges stem from the presence of a child in the car with those arrested, but did not indicate that the child was involved in prostitution.

At the Clarion Hotel Wednesday, officers arrested Alexander Roloff, 29, Junction City, and Aaron Bryce, 21, Fort Riley, for patronizing a prostitute.

In a previous case in early April, officers discovered that a fifteen-year old girl had been brought to America’s Best Value Inn for the purposes of prostitution, but Kyle declined to comment on whether the cases were related or whether that incident spurred the undercover sting at the hotel.

Capt. Jeff Hooper said further undercover operations are planned.

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