Police arrest suspected pimp and ten others in prostitution raid in Claremont

A pimp and 10 other people linked to an alleged prostitution ring were arrested in an undercover operation in Claremont last week.

It happened on Thursday, June 13, when officers from the Claremont, Glendora and Upland police departments and agents from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigation conducted an undercover operation near Indian Hill Boulevard and the I-10 Freeway, according to a statement from Claremont police.

The operation took place after residents, business owners and passersby in the area called and reported prostitution in the area, the statement said.

“During the operation, three undercover agents posed as prostitutes and searched for persons ('clients') who wanted to perform sexual acts for commercial purposes,” the statement continued. “After the undercover agents were asked to perform sexual acts, the 'clients' were arrested by other undercover agents in the area.”

A total of ten people were arrested for recruiting an alleged prostitute for sexual acts, police said.

These individuals were identified as follows:

  • Isaias Castroesparza, a 33-year-old Bloomington man who is registered as a sex offender for sexual assault,
  • Alexander Anthony Guerra, a 33-year-old man from Pomona,
  • Santos Villatamoreno, a 35-year-old man from the Highlands,
  • Brian Eugene Cannon, a 46-year-old man from Hesperia,
  • Stevey Macias Yanez, a 47-year-old man from Pomona,
  • Jose Anaya, a 30-year-old man from Pomona,
  • Jason Orellana, a 25-year-old man from Pomona,
  • Sergio Andrade, a 44-year-old man from Ontario,
  • Malik Edwards, a 29-year-old man from Claremont, and
  • Sergio Andrade, a 44-year-old man from Ontario.

All ten men were arrested and released with summons pending their court dates.

Additionally, a man identified as 31-year-old Raheem Tiyon Blackmon of Antioch was arrested on charges of attempted “pimping and procuring” and undercover. He was hospitalized for unspecified medical reasons after the arrest, police said.

His case will be submitted to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for review.