May 22, 2024
Crime & Courts

Elmhurst police roadside check leads to prostitution arrests

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ELMHURST – In the course of a June 17 roadside impaired driver's check, Elmhurst police arrested a Franklin Park woman and a Glendale Heights man who allegedly engaged in prostitution.

Natasha D. Gabor, 33, of the 2500 block of Mannheim Road, was charged at 12:12 a.m. June 17 with possession of drug paraphernalia and prostitution at York Street and Industrial Drive. Daniel Romero-Andrade, 47, of the zero to 100 block of Stonefield Drive, who reportedly was driving the vehicle, was arrested at the same time and date and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and solicitation of a sex act, according to police reports.

Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief Mike McLean said in an interview June 19 the incident was a "unique set of circumstances," and Romero-Andrade's alleged solictation of a sex act was learned during the course of the investigation.

"You never know what you're going to get when you stop a car," McLean said.

He said the alleged solicitation did not happen in Elmhurst but rather in Franklin Park, where Romero-Andrade reportedly picked up Gabor. Romero-Andrade was driving to Elmhurst for cigarettes, McLean said.

He added Elmhurst police officers inquire into prostitutes' well-being when similar incidents are discovered, and in recent years, officers have become more concerned with human trafficking. He said the June 17 incident "didn't seem to be the case."

"We're sensitive to those concerns nowadays," McLean said.