COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus police arrested a man for prostitution and obstruction of a police officer near Dawson Street on Wednesday, April 27 around 1 a.m.
Jonathan Hill, 22, was arrested in a common area known for prostitution after a driver picked him up thinking he was a female prostitute, according to a police report.
An officer saw a bronze 2014 Kia Cadenza that stopped on Dawson Street for a while and then made a right turn on 25th Avenue and traveled south down 25th Avenue. The vehicle then made a left turn and traveled north on 25th Avenue, prompting an officer to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle explained that he was stopped in the middle of the road to pick up a friend. The officer then asked the driver to roll the passenger window down, and he then complied. The officer walked to the back of the vehicle behind the passenger side where Jonathan Hill opened the door.
Hill was asked to step out of the vehicle to speak with the officer. He was asked how he knew the driver and he stated they are friends who go to the same church. At this time he noticed another officer make a right turn off of Cusseta Road onto 25th Avenue. Hill then made the comment "Oh God" and began walking away from the police officer who was questioning him.
The officer then ran behind Hill and told him to stop, but Hill jumped a barbed wire fence and continued to run. Another officer began chasing him and tackled him to the ground. Hill was placed into custody and booked at the Muscogee County Jail.
The driver told police he picked up Hill at the intersection of Dawson Street and 25th Avenue and that is when he stopped in the middle of the road believing Hill was a prostitute.
However, when the driver discovered Hill was a male and not a female he turned the vehicle around to drop Hill back off. The driver also said no money was ever traded and no deals were made.