Online ad for escort service leads to prostitution bust

Source Butler County Sheriff's Office, Richard McNally
Source Butler County Sheriff's Office, Richard McNally

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - West Chester Police found themselves calling the SWAT team when a 62-year-old suspect climbed into the attic of an apartment building in a normally uneventful apartment complex.

Police were following up on a suspicious online ad they had seen for an escort service operating in the township.   They say they confirmed the service was operating, found out there was sex for hire, and set up a meeting.

Ironically, the location for the meeting happened to be at an apartment on Meeting Street, which is in a large apartment complex off Fountains Boulevard.

Officers arrived, met a woman in her 20's, decided this was indeed a prostitution operation, and arrested her without incident.

The man they believe was running the service was more difficult to catch.  He fled further into the apartment, and they thought he had barricaded himself into a closet.  They called the SWAT team and evacuated the man's third-floor neighbors.

After while, they worked their way into the apartment, and found he had stacked some boxes into the closet and climbed through a hatch into the attic.  They were able to arrest him without incident once they found him.

They have charged 62-year-old Richard McNally of the West Chester address with promoting prostitution, a 4th degree felony, obstructing official business, a 5th degree felony, and inducing panic, a 1st degree misdemeanor.

Neighbors told police they had never noticed anything going on in the apartment.  Police say the complex is normally trouble-free.

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