The man accused of running a brothel out of a unit at the San Tropez Apartments charged the prostitutes who worked for him a $140-weekly rate and took a $20 cut from each client’s payment, according to a police report.
Sergio Manuel Arroyo, 41, told police he advertised on Backpage.com, supplied the women with cellphones and would collect his cut from a “cookie jar” the women put their earnings into, the report said.
“The defendant stated that he knew his actions were illegal and was regretful,” the report said.
Arroyo posted $5,300 bond and was released from the Broward Main Jail at 10:46 a.m. Friday.
He faces five counts of living off the earnings of a prostitute and one count of maintaining a place of prostitution, according to the report.
Arroyo was arrested late Thursday morning after a Crime Stoppers tipster alerted police to the prostitution enterprise operating out of Unit 205 in the 7800 block of Northwest Third Street.
When police arrived, Arroyo, his wife, five prostitutes and a “John” were present. Arroyo was the only one arrested.
The prostitutes, identified by initials only, are listed as victims on the police report.
“There’s a possibility that additional charges may be pending in this case, but there’s much work to be done and we’re not ready to release any additional information right now,” Capt. Al Xiques, a spokesman for the Pembroke Pines Police Department, said Friday.
Xiques declined to comment on whether the women might face charges. All five were adults, one was an unauthorized immigrant, and this did not appear to be a human-trafficking case, he said.
The “John” told police he had been a repeat client, visiting six times within the last six months and that he had just had sex with one of the women, the report said.
When police searched the apartment they found cash, money ledgers, condoms and the cookie jar, according to the report.
Arroyo lived in Unit 105 downstairs, and there police found a short-barreled shotgun, two money ledgers itemizing the Backpage.com postings and a financial breakdown by month and day, the report said.
One of the women told police that Arroyo’s wife also prostituted out of the apartment, the report said.
Arroyo told police he and his wife “began to escort for money in 2012″ and that they initially worked out of hotels, which is where he met some of the prostitutes who now worked for him, the report said.
When detectives pulled over an alleged “John” when he drove away from the apartment on May 1, the man admitted to having paid a woman $180 for sex, according to the report.
Elizabeth Crooks, a downstairs neighbor, said she had not tuned into the goings on in Unit 205 but recently had noted a lack of parking.
“I just noticed that there was more cars than usual and it was always different cars,” Crooks said. “We always had plenty of parking, but lately there has been none and we have had to park way in the back.”