Human Trafficking Task Forces arrest 49 during All-Star festivities in Cleveland

A baseball is pictured as the American League warms-up for the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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State officials have announced that two Human Trafficking Task Force operations arrested 49 people during the past week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game festivities in Cleveland.

Operation Homerun, a prostitution demand initiative, arrested 21 for soliciting for prostitution.

The arrested individuals include:

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  • David Albert, 45, Westlake
  • Geovani Morales, 45 Kenilworth, N.J.
  • Dawit Bekel, 29, Richmond Heights
  • Ron Mitchell, 52, Avon
  • Leonard Majasi, 52, Weslake
  • Roger Hoover, 57, Chillicothe
  • Michael Barta, 23, Brecksville
  • Ronald Olbrys, 51, Reminderville
  • James Blue III, 28, Cleveland
  • Brian Brown, 50, Cleveland
  • Gregory Shaffer, 59, Maple Heights
  • Timothy Laplante, 60, North Olmstead
  • Ibrahim Salty, 32, Cleveland
  • Daniel Abraham, 52, Walton Hills
  • Simon Lewis, 44, Lyndhurst
  • Cory Kyovsky, 29, Cleveland
  • Michael Gallese, 26, Cleveland
  • Krishna Adusumilli, 25, Illegal Alien
  • Anthony Petruziello, 41, Wickliffe
  • Anthony Ciresi, 52, Seven Hills
  • Larry Clark, 37, Beechwood


Operation Triple Play, an initiative focused on those seeking to engage in sexual activity with whom they believed to be minor children, arrested 28 people that could face felony charges of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, importuning, posses criminal tools and attempting corruption with drugs.

The arrested individuals include:

  • Jacob Hale, 20, Cleveland
  • Kyle Ferguson, 21, Medina
  • Denis Ismailaj, 22, Lakewood
  • Jacob Hoover, 22, Brunswick
  • Tyler Reed, 23, Parma
  • Luis Ponciano, 23, Lorain
  • Sebastien Juin, 24, Cleveland
  • Jonathan Staples, 24, Barberton
  • Maurice Cannon, 26, Cleveland Heights
  • Julio Torres, 26, Cleveland
  • Jamal Williams, 26, Cleveland
  • Justin Raab, 26, Painesville
  • Michael Mills, 27, Westlake
  • Douglas Rosenthal, 27, Cleveland
  • Peter Nelson, 28, Cleveland
  • Jason Chandler, 28, Akron
  • Carlos Crespo, 29, Brunswick
  • Anthony Gentry, 29, Youngstown
  • Aaron Hawley, 30, Sheffield Village
  • Scott Carrigan, 31, Chardon
  • Phillip Pate, 31, Lakewood
  • Derek Smon, 31, Lakewood
  • Jason Conley, 32, Painesville
  • Steven Prest, 36, Youngstown
  • Eric Flores, 40, Cleveland
  • Vincenzo Rampini, 43, Mentor
  • Norman Thompson, 49, Chesterland
  • James Schultz, 67, Parma


Across both operations, participating law enforcement agencies included: The Ohio Attorney General’s Office; Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force (Columbus Division of Police, Ohio Investigative Unit), Mahoning County Human Trafficking Task Force (Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation), Cuyahoga Regional Human Trafficking Task Force (Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Independence Police Department), the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Office of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Newburgh Heights Police Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cleveland Police, U.S. Secret Services, Austintown Township Police Department, Solon Police Department, Streetsboro Police Department, Cortland Police Department and the Kent Police Department.