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News Release

Sunday, November 5, 2006

Media Relations

LAPD Trick Task Force Operation


Los Angeles: Los Angeles police officers arrested 10 persons on November 3, 2006, related to prostitution activities near Sepulveda Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley. Undercover female police officers posed as prostitutes on the street and arrested violators, or "Johns," who stopped and solicited them for sex. Officers also impounded the "John's" cars, using city ordinance
41.70 LAMC that was enacted in 2005. In total six vehicles were seized. The City Attorney's Office will determine what fines will be levied against the arrestees to enable them to get their cars back. In some cases, the cars may qualify to be forfeited permanently.

Operations-Valley Bureau vice units conduct periodic prostitution task forces in areas prone to blatant, chronic prostitution and other vice activities. This a full spectrum approach to the problem that seems to be effective at reducing individuals who are prone to soliciting prostitutes in the San Fernando Valley.

The following people were arrested for 647(b) PC- Prostitution.

Name, Age, City of Residence
Kamenir, David L., 52, Canoga Park
Canseco, Antonio, 35, Sylmar
Anaya, Jose G., 25, Sylmar
Casanovas, Fernando, 55, Van Nuys
Panousian, Robert, 37, North Hollywood
Agesian, Gagik, 23, North Hollywood
Cortez, Enrique, 25, Mission Hills
Gomez, Javier, 32, North Hills
Mosqueda, Jose, 33, Van Nuys
Barajas, Salvador, 31, Arvin, CA

Note: The arrest of any person does not imply guilt, nor does it guarantee prosecution for the charge. All arrests are referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.

Media questions on this release may be referred to Sergeant Rolando Solano, Officer in Charge, Van Nuys Area Vice, 818-756-8385.