On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, Police Officers Jakob Schmidt and Adam Isleb were assigned to District Three’s Anti-Prostitution Deployment, known as Operation Red Light.
At about 7:48 a.m., they observed a maroon, four-door vehicle illegally parked in the middle of the roadway, near W. Vine St and N. 28th St. The driver of the vehicle was observed talking through the open passenger window of his vehicle to a female, who was standing on the sidewalk. The female appeared to be young and was carrying a book bag. Based upon their training and experience, Officers Schmidt and Isleb suspected that the driver of the vehicle was attempting to solicit a prostitute. A field interview of the driver and female he was talking to was then conducted.
During the investigation, it was learned that the girl was walking to school a few blocks away when the driver of the vehicle stopped to engage her in conversation and told her to stop. The girl told the driver no, and indicated that she was just a juvenile. The driver continued to engage her in conversation and asked if he could drop her off at school, pick her up or get her phone number. The female indicated to Officers Schmidt and Isleb that the driver’s persistence in engaging a conversation with her, even after repeatedly replies of no to his questions, caused her to fear for her safety.
The driver, who was not even remotely from the area, was interviewed and could not give a valid reason for being there. A wanted check revealed that the driver of the vehicle was on parole for 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and Operating Without Consent. Contact was made with the driver’s parole officer, who informed Officers Schmidt and Isleb that the driver’s actions were a direct violation of the terms and conditions of his parole. An order to detain was issued. The driver was arrested and a threat to the community was taken off the streets through Officers Schmidt and Isleb’s keen observations and great police work.