A call to police by a disgruntled patron of Craigslist’s “adult services” site may have led to the breakup of prostitution activities at the Casa Grande Inn in Arroyo Grande on Wednesday.
Police received a call at noon on Wednesday from a caller reporting possible prostitution activity at the hotel at 850 Oak Park Blvd. He had responded to an “adult services” ad that directed him to a room at the Casa Grande Inn. According to a news release, when the man did not receive the services he had agreed upon and paid for, he called police to complain.
Officers responding to the call determined that prostitution might be happening in a room occupied by a woman and a 2-year-old boy. Another woman and two men had been seen entering and exiting the same room. All four adults, who were 19 to 24 years old, and the child were associated with a vehicle registered to a man from Spring Valley.
After talking to the adults, the officers learned that one of the men was currently out on bail for a “pimping” charge from San Bernardino County. One of the women closely resembled a person in a photo in the Craigslist ad, but she denied that was her, police said. All were reportedly evasive and gave conflicting statements to the officers.
The officers determined they did not have enough evidence to make any arrests, so they issued a trespassing notice and told the men and women not to return to the hotel. Police said they would not disclose the people's identities because none of them were arrested.