2 Arrested In Prostitution Sting At Motel
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two people were arrested in a prostitution sting at a Nashville motel on Thursday night.
An undercover officer responded to an ad on Backpage.com and met the woman, identified as 26-year-old Luana McGowan, at Family Inn on Percy Priest Drive.
Once inside the room, the officer gave McGowan $140 for her services and then signaled other officers to come in and arrest her.
When asked about the man whose phone number was listed on the ad, McGowan told the officer it was her boyfriend’s phone and they were sharing it. She also told officers 37-year-old John Newcomb fled the scene after seeing police.
He came back to the room after she called him, and he was taken into custody.
McGowan allegedly told officers she had been in prostitution for many years, and it was a way to make money to eat and supply her narcotics habit.
After his arrest, Newcomb allegedly told officers that he had sold $200 worth of food stamps to pay for the motel room.
McGowan was charged with prostitution, while Newcomb was charged with promoting prostitution. McGowan's bond was set at $2,500, while Newcomb's was set at $50,000. Both have previous arrests on their record.