SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — The Santa Ana Police Department arrested 20 men Wednesday night as part of an undercover sex sting.
SAPD Vice Detectives arrested 20 males along Harbor Boulevard they said attempted to purchase sex or sex acts from undercover female officers, whom the suspects believed to be prostitutes.
The alleged johns were cited and released.
The 20 cases will be referred to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The arrested men — who ranged in age from 18 to 68 — are:
David Flores, 32, Aliso Viejo
Ariel Castro, 41, Santa Ana
Paulino Lopez, 47, Santa Ana
Felipe Barrera, 32, Garden Grove
Michael Davis, 35, Fountain Valley
Silvestre Jacob, 40, Garden Grove
Anthony Bello, 18, Santa Ana
Oscar Castaneda, 31, Santa Ana
Herbert Yoneoka, 68, Fountain Valley
Omar Moreno, 35, Santa Ana
Noe Hernandez, 34, Santa Ana
Tony Nguyen, 44, Westminster
Luis Ortiz, 27, Santa Ana
Israel Ruiz, 29, Garden Grove
Paulino Martinez, 39, Santa Ana
Christopher Witts, 28, Upland
Jonathan Peralta, 20, Westminster
Heladio Herrera, 20, Santa Ana
David Montano, 31, Anaheim
Rios Francisco, 33, Santa Ana
Santa Ana police said they routinely conduct the anti-prostitution stings to eliminate the demand and reduce the opportunity to sexually exploit women and children.