Pittston, Luzerne County -- "Oh my God. To know it's right here it's.. I'm shocked." Debbie Gilchrist can't believe a suspected prostitution ring involving underage girls was happening right next door to her Pittston home. "Oh my God, it was horrible. I have grandchildren, two granddaughters and it's scary," said Ms. Gilchrist.
Police say four men ran the ring. Pittston brothers Anthony and Gregory Boone are jailed on felony-related charges. Randy Coleman of Pittston and Jose Alvelo of Nanticoke face the same charges. Investigators say the four men ran the ring out of a home at North Main and Parsonage Streets. A man who claims to own the building suspected of housing the prostitution ring didn't want to talk about the investigation with Eyewitness News. Police say the four prostitution suspects recruited the girls as young as 16 to perform sex for cash with clients they'd meet at area motels and hotels. "They're coerced into meeting these people and thinking... you don't know who you're meeting. And now to have them right next door to you... this is scary," said Ms. Gilchrist.
Some neighbors didn't want to discuss on camera the disturbing crime but seemed as upset about it as Ms. Gilchrist. "That's horrible. That's horrible. It's so sad these young girls and then they're messed up for the rest of their lives." Police say the suspects moved into the Pittston home at 245 North Main Street about a year ago. Neighbors say the punishment for using that house as a suspected prostitution ring can't be severe enough." "They should lock them up for good," said Ms. Gilchrist.
The two suspects already in custody, Anthony and Gregory Boone, face preliminary hearings on October 23rd. Police believe the other two suspects, Randy Coleman and Jose Alvelo, are still in the area. Anyone who know their whereabouts is urged to call Pittston City Police Department at 570-654-2425 EXT. 509 or contact Luzerne County 911.