Sex-trafficking charges for woman
An East Northport woman is facing sex trafficking charges after authorities said she brought two women to Staten Island last month to engage in prostitution against their will.
Starlyn King, 31, was arrested near the corner of Narrows Road South and Hylan Boulevard on April 18 at 9:17 p.m. and charged with second-degree promoting prostitution, sex trafficking and 14 counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, the latter charge after police found counterfeit $100 bills in her possession, authorities said.
She was released on $5,000 cash bail and is due back in court on June 14, according to court records. A judge also issued a temporary order of protection.
Authorities said one of the victims was an 18-year-old.
The complaint filed by the Staten Island district attorney’s office in Richmond County Criminal Court charged that King brought the two women to Staten Island as “part of an advertisement for prostitution in a website geared directly toward” local residents there — and that the two had been brought to Staten Island “against their will for the purposes of engaging in acts of prostitution.” The complaint also alleges that King “threatened the use of a firearm” against the women in “an effort to induce them” to prostitute themselves.
The scheme fell apart, authorities said, when the two victims managed to call police — and report the incident in progress.
In a sworn deposition, the arresting NYPD officer said 14 counterfeit $100 bills were confiscated from King’s vehicle and said each bill had the same serial number.— JOHN VALENTI
Cops: Wrong-way driver was drunk
A man driving the wrong way down a Hempstead street was charged with drunken driving early yesterday in Hempstead, police said.
Carlos A. Rodriguez, 32, of Smith Street, Freeport, was arrested after a traffic stop on Greenwich Street at 2:15 a.m., Nassau County police said.
He was charged with aggravated DWI, DWI, driving the wrong way and numerous vehicle and traffic law violations, police said. Arraignment information was not available yesterday.
Police said a Highway Patrol officer spotted Rodriguez driving his 2002 Jeep east in the westbound lane of Centre Street, then turn right and head south in the northbound lane of Greenwich Street before stopping him — and finding him intoxicated.
No one was injured.— JOHN VALENTI