NORTH HAVEN — A man and woman face charges after police said they responded to a local hotel for a report of an armed robbery Wednesday morning. Police later determined a robbery did not take place and the incident involved allegations of prostitution.
Shy’Asia Chadd, 22, address unknown, was charged with prostitution and interfering.
Alexis Hernandez, 21, address unknown was charged with interfering, promoting prostitution, second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, evading responsibility, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
On Wednesday around 10:15 a.m.
Police responded to the Best Western, 201 Washington Ave., around 10:15 a.m. for a report of an armed robbery. Officers tried to stop the suspect vehicle, a Chevrolet Malibu, as it left the hotel, but the driver, later identified as Hernandez, fled onto Interstate 91 south, according to a police report. When the car crashed near exit 9, Hernandez and Chadd fled on foot. They were taken into custody at Target, 200 Universal Drive.
Police determined a man went to the hotel to meet with Chadd in her room, the report said. Chadd told police she is an exotic dancer and performs lap dances at her hotel room with Hernandez – her boyfriend – hiding in the bathroom in case of an issue with a client, the report said. Chadd told police the man began asking for sex during the lap dance and Hernandez told him to leave.
Hotel staff told police the man came to the front desk and reported he had been robbed at gunpoint, the report said. The man left the hotel as police were arriving. When officers located him later, he denied being robbed or held at gunpoint, the report said.
Chadd and Hernandez were arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. According to statements in court, she has previous convictions for larceny and reckless endangerment. The judge set bond at $15,000 and continued the case to Jan. 23.
Bond and court date information for Hernandez was not immediately available.