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Cops: Two Nabbed In Connection With Prostitution Ring Disguised As Perfume Delivery Service

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Colleen Reynolds   Jan 15, 2013 10:45 AM
Jan 16, 2013 12:13 PM

A Queens man was arrested on Monday and charged with stabbing another man and severely beating him with a baseball bat in Speonk earlier this month. He was also linked to a “roving” call girl service that would provide sexual favors under the guise of selling perfume, Southampton Town Police said.

Meanwhile, a Queens woman was charged with promoting prostitution in connection with the service, as well as with hindering authorities’ efforts to identify the attacker, who fled.

Marco D. Santos, 26, of Queens, was located by Town Police detectives and the U.S. Marshals in Corona, Queens, shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday and charged with first-degree assault, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

According to police, Mr. Santos’s victim showed up at the Westhampton Beach Village Police station on January 4 at about 9:20 p.m. with a puncture wound to his torso and a broken arm.

Town Police detectives, said they, with the assistance of New York State Police, determined that a fight had broken out at a house on North Phillips Avenue in Speonk a short time earlier.

The victim, who had traveled from Queens with three women, had gotten into an argument with an unknown man on the property about whether the victim was welcome at the home. It quickly escalated into a physical fight involving the bat and a screwdriver. The victim was rushed to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he required surgery, more than 100 stitches and extended hospitalization. An investigation into what happened was difficult at first because there was a language barrier between police and the victim, police said.

Reina Nieves-Agirre, 41, of Corona, Queens, was arrested at 1:44 a.m. on January 5 at police headquarters and charged with third-degree promoting prostitution, a felony, as well as second-degree obstructing governmental administration and making a punishable false written statement, both misdemeanors.

Police said she tried to mislead investigators in an attempt to hide that she was promoting prostitution.

Ms. Nieves-Agirre provided girls to perform oral sex and other sexual favors under the guise of selling perfume for a “perfume party,” police said.

The prostitution ring would travel to its clients’ homes. “Crime is changing,” Lieutenant Lisa Costa said. “[Criminals] deliver to your house.”

Mr. Santos was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $7,500 bail following an arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court, while Ms. Nieves-Agirre was released after posting $8,000 bail following her arraignment in the same court.

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" ... an investigation into what happened was difficult because there was a language barrier between police and the victim." Isn't it time we had native Spanish speaking police on the force that can be called in when needed? Other areas have them.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jan 15, 13 2:32 PM
I'm almost certain we have several on the force - but either they're not on duty or were actively doing patrols somewhere else in the Town. Under civil service law (and the union contract) I doubt you'd be able to call in a spanish speaking cop for OT everytime you needed one...
By Nature (2589), Hampton Bays on Jan 15, 13 3:30 PM
I do not believe they have a native speaker, someone who's mother tongue is Spanish. Such an officer would be able to understand the subtle nuances of the language far better than someone who has had to learn it from a book, no matter how well they may think they know it. It would be especially important when there is a victim involved who may not speak English.

What if these women were being trafficked? It would be far better to have someone who could inspire them with confidence by speaking ...more
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jan 15, 13 4:20 PM
Interesting - perhaps I stand corrected. Logic would be that there are SOME spanish speaking members of the force.

Here's a snippet of an article from another east-end news source re: Riverhead's lack of diversity. Looks like the same thing has occured within our town. Would be nice to 27east to do their own report on it.

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"In addition to the regular civil service list, which ranks those who took the police exam, ...more
By Nature (2589), Hampton Bays on Jan 15, 13 4:30 PM
I do not think there is a bi-lingual officer on the SHT Police. They allege to have some translator on call or something but come up vague. They also say they can now hire from bi-lingual list but refuse to commit that they will actually do it and when. Blowing smoke as far as I am concerned.
By baywoman (88), southampton on Jan 17, 13 1:10 PM
How would you like to pay for that service cash or charge?
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jan 24, 13 11:50 AM
As far as 'nuance' there are numerous Spanish dialects, several in Spain, and many spread across Central and South America, and the Caribbean. They vary far more than British Received Pronunciation and Standard North American English do. Let the defendants lawyers hire translators and linguists. Whatever you do don't tell the Police Union, next thing you know there will be a $100K a year cop on the force who is a native speaker for every dialect.
By smacw (173), New York on Jan 26, 13 1:10 PM
In the case of potential trafficing victims, I have no problem with DAs office or Detective bureau hiring the needed linguists on an as needed basis. Maybe the feds have such experts already on the payroll that they can lend?
By smacw (173), New York on Jan 26, 13 1:29 PM
smells fishy
By littleplains (305), olde england on Jan 15, 13 3:13 PM
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I have an idea, why don't when people decide to enter and settle in this country they learn the native language, only in America would this fly.I believe in Latin American countries Spanish is the native language right? If I moved there it would be in my best interest to learn it.
By BlueStreak (32), East End on Jan 15, 13 6:25 PM
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Nah, they don't need to. Everything, every product, every type of form, anything the grifter class can make a buck off of has a "Spanish" translation from the English.

We've birthed our own demon.
By Mr. Z (6218), North Sea on Jan 15, 13 8:08 PM
Right, because when you go to foreign countries, they NEVER have stuff in english... and the people there NEVER speak/learn english.

By Nature (2589), Hampton Bays on Jan 16, 13 9:03 AM
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Not to mention, Blue, that the native language in North America is NOT English, or did you forget to remove those blinders?
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Jan 16, 13 9:41 AM
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And Z, could you clarify what you mean by "the grifter class?"
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Jan 16, 13 9:43 AM
If they have no desire to learn our language. Then let them go without.
If you choose not to work you er..... sorry forgot where i was for a minute. You get free money with no drug testing. You only need drug testing to earn money. Stupid me. Sorry.
Lets just keep teaching the value of unaccountability.

By double-D (96), southampton on Jan 16, 13 11:15 AM
Double-D - while we are getting off topic, can't help but ask. If drug testing were instituted, who's gonna pay for it?

Also, there's no federal regulation that requires drug testing in order to earn money. Some jobs (and rightfully so) require drug testing, but many (the vast majority) do not.
By Nature (2589), Hampton Bays on Jan 16, 13 11:46 AM
Most recent stats I could dig up state that over 80% of employers require at least an applicant drug test.

As far as the "grifter class", that would be mostly the people who put profit, ahead of commonwealth.
By Mr. Z (6218), North Sea on Jan 16, 13 2:46 PM
Z - so you are talking corporations? I would to a certain extent agree with you... they facilitate the lack of a need to learn english. And I should also clarify that I wholeheartedly believe people who live in America should speak english (for many reasons) but understand the difficulities in learning the language (let's be honest, there are many people in our lives who haven't exactly mastered the langauage) and understand that you cannot assume that someone who doesn't speak the language has ...more
By Nature (2589), Hampton Bays on Jan 16, 13 3:24 PM
Well Nature , who should be? And i am on topic , non english speaking aid receiving budget crushers are high on my list.
By double-D (96), southampton on Jan 16, 13 6:34 PM
No, the actual topic is about a prostitution ring that was busted and how the STPD don't have spanish speaking officers. It's not about welfare recipients and their language abilities.

But I'll go ahead and keep this going, with the hopes that you are one of the more civilized people on here who can actually have a conversation.

I don't think anyone should pay for drug testing, because the taxpayer is screwed either way! If the recipient pays for it - well, they will need to ...more
By Nature (2589), Hampton Bays on Jan 16, 13 7:26 PM
Does the OT door really need to be opened wider?
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Jan 16, 13 7:31 PM
I think it comes down to something that crossed my mind many years ago: "It's not the substance that should be put to question, but the substance of the person which should be put to question."

There are many upstanding, contributing, productive members of society who indulge in, shall we say, their own form of civil disobedience regarding the use of what is described as an "illicit substance". BUT, until you become a person who exhibits those qualities, maybe you don't need to be engaging ...more
Jan 16, 13 7:45 PM appended by Mr. Z
And, lest I forget, many of the newest generation of cellphones have translation matrix apps. Some are even speech to text, and have audio output.
By Mr. Z (6218), North Sea on Jan 16, 13 7:45 PM
I would define "Grifter Class" as those who eschew industry in favor of living off the industry of others.

If we go with Z's definition, I think we will have to include the crony capitalist's/big business's close allies and fellow profiteers and protectors in big government.

Us free market capitalists are happy to live by risk/reward and a level playing field (when we can find one)
By smacw (173), New York on Jan 26, 13 1:38 PM
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PBR, do tell what is "the" native language of North America?

And when are you quit claiming the deed to your home to the nearest Native American tribe? And what country in Europe are you going back to? (assuming you are Caucasian) If it's not in the British Isles you may have to learn a new language
By smacw (173), New York on Jan 26, 13 1:44 PM
There are plenty of legal immigrants to this country who never learn to speak English well or even at all. My daughter had a friend whose grandparents came from Greece, for instance, and never learned to speak it after coming over to join their grown children. Never even tried as they only moved within Greek social circles. When they needed someone to translate for them, like at a doctor's, their kids did it.

Some younger people don't bother to learn it either. The NY Times ran an interesting ...more
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jan 16, 13 10:07 AM
I second goldenrod... Heck, how many professional baseball (latin american) players and hockey (eastern european) players DON'T speak english? You can't learn a new language in a matter of moths - or even "years" especially at an older age. So does it bother you that Ichiro needs an interpreter to speak to the press after games? Probably not if you're a Yankee fan...
By Nature (2589), Hampton Bays on Jan 16, 13 11:14 AM
When my paternal grandparents came over in 1912 they spoke Belorrussian (White Russian), my maternal grandparents spoke Slovak and Ukranian. There was no cable TV in their native tongue; at best there was a neighborhood newspaper and maybe, maybe, a little later a weekly radio station with an hour or two of foreign language shows from the old country. Once they were here in the States they never went back. They hd to learn English and they did, even with an accent. Today its different - there are ...more
By North of Highway (276), Westhampton Beach on Jan 16, 13 8:46 PM
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I believe the founding fathers of this country spoke English ,constitution, bill of rights, Declaration of Independence, I think these were written in English. Maybe we can rewrite them in Spanish.
By BlueStreak (32), East End on Jan 16, 13 12:32 PM
And what was the native language in North America before this?

The point is that a broad brush simplistic "solution" is usually not that productive. Life is more complicated and nuanced than many would like to think . . .
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Jan 16, 13 12:37 PM
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And yet the US government has never adopted an "official" language. Hmm... interesting.
By Nature (2589), Hampton Bays on Jan 16, 13 12:41 PM
Mostly Algonquin in this neck of the woods...
By Mr. Z (6218), North Sea on Jan 16, 13 7:47 PM
Where am I going to get my perfume now?
By whatapity (76), Tuckahoe on Jan 16, 13 12:50 PM
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I had no idea that N Phillips Ave, Speonk was still considered to be part of the USA.
By double standard (1273), Remsenburg on Jan 16, 13 2:28 PM
English is taught in China beginning in the 3rd grade, and is an official second language in China. By some estimates 20% of the population speaks some English. When I was in China two years ago I was constantly asked to tea by Chinese on the street to practice their English because they preferred to hear what a native speaker thought of their skills. Anyone in Shanghai under the age of 30 knows some English, and some are amazingly fluent.
By North of Highway (276), Westhampton Beach on Jan 16, 13 5:54 PM
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Any info regarding the immigration status of the hooker and the pimp?
By bigfresh (1209), north sea on Jan 17, 13 12:18 PM
Because a legal resident would never do something like this?
By Bandguy (23), Sag Harbor on Jan 24, 13 11:26 AM
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Perfume delivery service?!
By Miss K. (95), East Quogue on Jan 25, 13 12:08 PM
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