Police blotter: Cops: Women pimped 15-year-old
March 5, 2012 11:06PM
A crew removes items from a semi after it collided with a viaduct at Fourth Ave. and Eastern Ave. Monday, March 5, 2012, in Joliet. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 7, 2012 8:05AM
ROMEOVILLE — Two Hammond women have been arrested for allegedly pimping a 15-year-old girl at a hotel Saturday.
At 12:04 a.m. an officer approached a vehicle on Lakeview Drive and noticed driver Tatianna M. Ricchio, 20, smoking a joint, Assistant Police Chief Steve Lucchesi said.
“He asked her if she was involved in prostitution activity at the nearby hotel. Ricchio said she was not, but knew of a room that was,” Lucchesi said. “Officers found the room where prostitution was occurring and took the 15-year-old girl into protective custody.”
Ricchio reportedly was linked to the girl’s room and had been banned from the hotel for past prostitution. She and her passenger, Heather M. Johnson, 20, were charged with juvenile pimping, pandering and exploitation of a minor. Ricchio also was charged with criminal trespassing and cannabis possession and Johnson was charged with underage possession of alcohol.
A 16-year-old girl who also was in the car, was wanted on a contempt of court warrant and was booked into the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center.
“This is still an open investigation, but officers discovered they were using online ads for prostitution,” Lucchesi said.
Cocaine found in bra
JOLIET — State police say a passenger didn’t want to mention what she had in her unmentionables Thursday.
According to reports, shortly after 3 p.m. a trooper was on patrol near Fourth Avenue and Richards Street when he spotted a silver Mercedes with suspended license plates.
“The driver, Friederica W. Turner, 38, had a suspended driver’s license, so the trooper asked a passenger for I.D. to allow her to drive the car,” Lt. Tony Lupo said.
Shinara D. Matthews, 32, allegedly “acted very nervous” when asked questions and a female Joliet officer was called in to conduct a search.
“They discovered 24 grams of cocaine in her bra and she was arrested,” Lupo said.
Turner was ticketed and another passenger was allowed to drive the Mercedes, while Matthews was taken back to state police District 5 headquarters.
According to reports, she was searched again and 121 grams of cocaine was found in her underwear. Matthews, of 211 Lincoln St., was booked into the county jail.
Cop hospitalized in fight
BOLINGBROOK — Police say two men fought with each other before deciding to fight with officers Saturday.
Lt. Mike Rompa said police saw three people out at 2:45 a.m. near 107th Street and Canterbury Lane and Paul Ryburn, 21, fled when officers approached.
“A canine unit tracked him to 305 Woodcreek Drive (where) Ryburn entered an apartment on the first floor, locking out two female visitors, one of which had three children in the apartment,” Rompa said. “Officers were also informed there was another child inside and Ryburn had been drinking with the group the officers had attempted to stop.”
Police reportedly found him fighting with Christian A. Cardenas, 17, who attacked them when they came in.
“Ryburn then grabbed one officer from behind and pushed him into a chair, they then fell through a glass table, shattering it,” Rompa said.
A 32-year-old male officer was taken to the hospital following the arrest, but was treated and released.
Officers seize heroin
BOLINGBROOK — Two women were arrested Friday after police allegedly found seven grams of heroin in their car.
According to reports, an ongoing narcotics investigation led police to stop a silver 2002 Cadillac at 3:42 p.m. at Boughton Road and Winston Drive.
“Officers seized 17 bags of suspected heroin during the course of the investigation,” Lt. Mike Rompa said.
The Cadillac was impounded while driver Jessica L. Branch, 18, and Angelice R. Williams, 21, both of 653 Cochise Circle, were booked into the county jail on charges of narcotics possession.