SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - More than a dozen arrests were made in a prostitution sting at the Howard Johnson on Rasberry Ln. Wednesday night, including a surgeon on staff at LSU's teaching hospital in Shreveport.
The joint vice operation, dubbed Operation April Showers, took place Wednesday night at the Howard Johnson Hotel on Rasberry Lane in Shreveport.
Undercover agents from Shreveport Police, Bossier City Police, and agents with the FBI's Crimes Against Children's task Force Unit used the online website "Back Page" to lure people looking for sex.
Police say Navdeep Samra, 40, was one of them. According to the hospital website, the doctor is Assistant Professor of Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center. Hospital spokesperson Sally Croom confirmed Samra is on staff there.
Samra was booked into Shreveport City Jail Wednesday evening on a charge of prostitution.
The investigation was prompted by citizen complaints of alleged prostitution and illegal drug activity at the hotel.
Police said the operation was successful, with a total of 16 arrests:
Jason Friels, 29, of Shreveport - Charge: PROSTITUTION
Tommy Love, 24, of Shreveport, LA - Charge: Prostitution
Esed Haliovici, 18, of St. Louis, MO - Charge: Prostitution
Brad Carroll, 24 of Marshall, TX - Charge: Prostitution
Douglas Bailey, 30, of Dallas, TX - Charge: Pandering
Sabrina Choice, 22, of Fort Worth, TX - Charge: Prostitution
Blake Tant, 28, of Haughton, LA - Charge: Prostitution
Kevin Link, 29, of Center, TX - Charge: Prostitution
Aldrick Cooper, 18, of Shreveport - Charge: Prostitution
Joshua Jermaine Hargrove, 20, of Shreveport - Charge: Prostitution
Wesley Kimble, 35, of Keithville, LA - Charge: Prostitution
Navdeep Samra, 40, of Shreveport, LA - Charge: Prostitution
Paul Korcian, 33, of Victoria, TX - Charge: Prostitution, city warrants for restricted area and loud music
Khadija Young, 20, of Shreveport, LA - Charge: Prostitution
Gregory Young, 44, Tyler, AL - Charge: Prostitution