‘John’ Bust In Western Riverside County Lands 15 Dudes In Jail

Fifteen men have been arrested in Lake Elsinore during a prostitution sting.

Instead of going after female hookers, deputies were chasing down the ‘john’s’.

Additionally, five potential victims were identified, and victim services/resources were provided.

As for the ‘john’s’, they are:

  • Travis Blancarte, 42-year-old resident of Hemet
  • Brandon Santiago, 36-year-old resident of Menifee
  • Blair Gilliard, 33-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore
  • Joshua Fetterolf, 25-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore
  • Jose Zavala, 32-year-old resident of Riverside
  • Loren Pharris, 51-year-old resident of Murrieta
  • Bryan Williams, 32-year-old resident of Upland
  • Sergio Gonzalez, 39-year-old resident of Perris
  • Baltes Dhaliwal, 42-year-old resident of Temecula
  • Matthew Campbell, 34-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore
  • Jose Gonzalez, 26-year-old resident of Corona
  • Uriel Flores, 23-year-old resident of Menifee
  • Jose Romero, 28-year-old resident of Pomona
  • Lloyd Mcardle, 70-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore
  • Shelton Hill, 52-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore

Prostitution is not a victimless crime. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that one in six endangered runaways reported are likely victims of sex trafficking. Sex trafficking victims are often subjected not only to severe forms of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of their trafficker, but are also physically and sexually assaulted by those that solicit them for prostitution. Lake Elsinore Station Special Enforcement Team deputies intend to disrupt and dismantle sex trafficking rings operating within Riverside County and will aggressively identify, pursue, and apprehend those who seek to exploit vulnerable victims. SET will also proactively work to reduce future demand for sex trafficking by identifying and arresting sex buyers.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Castro or Deputy Costin at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station (951) 245–3300.

If you, or anyone you know has been a victim of human trafficking, you can contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at (888) 373–7888 or contact your local law enforcement department. As a reminder, “Community Policing” involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776–1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.



Crime Scene–Do Not Enter, police tape around crime scene.

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