Prostitution suspect sought after her client is robbed by fake officer, Fayetteville police say

Elayna Barone in a photo from Fayetteville Police.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Police are looking for a prostitution suspect after a man pretended to be a police officer and robbed her client in Fayetteville last month, police say.

Police believe the woman, who posted an online ad, was an accomplice in the incident on Aug. 24, Fayetteville Police said in an email.

Police are looking for Elayna Barone, 36, after the robbery in a local hotel room, according to police.

“Once the victim responded to the advertisement, he met Barone at a local hotel in Fayetteville,” police said.

“While at the hotel room, an unknown male posed as a law enforcement officer and allowed the victim to leave after seizing his money as part of the alleged investigation,” police added.

Detectives have charged Barone with solicitation for prostitution and obtaining property by false pretenses and are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying her accomplice.

“Barone possibly may be traveling between New York and Florida; however she frequents Fayetteville during her travels,” police said.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Elayna Barone or recognize the suspects from other incidents is asked to contact Detective K. Lucetti with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 705-7086 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).

Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type “4Tip” followed by your message).

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