WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Watford City police arrested four men and three women, following up on the police chief’s pledge to crack down on the male customers in a continuing string of prostitution arrests in this oil patch community.
The arrests occurred early in the morning on Halloween, starting with the arrest of Diana L. Orey, 44, of Grants Pass, Wash., on prostitution and marijuana charges after police contacted her from an advertisement offering escort services in the area.
Watford City Police Chief Slade Herfindahl said Orey’s phone started “going off” in the post-arrest interview and officers set up meetings with the potential customers by text message using her phone.
Herfindahl said Orey agreed to meet the customers at the Kum and Go Convenience Store and the Cenex station in Watford City, and, “We moved in on them.”
The men arrested are Samuel R. Oliver, 30, of Sallisaw, Okla., Douglas Hamilton, 51, of San Jose, Calif., Quin A. Dallmann, 33, of Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Michael E. Williams, 45, of Leesburg, Fla.
Herfindahl said Orey told police she had done business with Williams in the past. Police went to Williams’ camper at the Cherry Creek RV Park near Watford City, where they “interrupted” Williams finalizing a $1,600 sex deal with two other women.
“They were arrested for a crime in progress,” Herfindahl said.
The women are Ashlie N. Gokey, 26, of Spokane, Wash., and Tori R. Wentz, 28, of Deer Park, Wash.
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Police also found meth and meth paraphernalia in Williams’ camper, Herfindahl said.
Gokey was arrested for possession of meth and is wanted in Washington on kidnapping, robbery and assault charges.
In prostitution, both parties are charged with a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Herfindahl said the women and the male customers have all posted bond and await first appearances in Northwest District Court in Watford City.
Gokey, however, remains in custody in the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center in Dickinson. Bond was set at $100,000 cash and extradition back to Washington is in progress, he said.
The Watford City police have arrested nearly a dozen women for prostitution in the past year.
“We’ve been arresting a lot of prostitutes, but we wanted to get to the other side of the coin. The men are also engaged in a crime,” Herfindahl said.
He said people may think the women are “college girls,” but, “These aren’t that. They have a criminal history and there’s drugs.”