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Man calls Sheriff's Department when prostitute steals cash

HILMAR — Consider this another nomination for the Darwin Awards.

A 19 year-old man recently called the Merced County Sheriff’s Department for assistance after a woman he was going to pay for sex allegedly stole his money.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tom MacKenzie said the man called the sheriff’s department at 4:54 p.m. on Jan 27 from his home on the 8000 block of Cameo Way. The man told the sheriff’s department that he had paid a woman $180 to come and perform a strip-tease.

MacKenzie said the woman arrived at the home with another man for security purposes. After performing the strip-tease, MacKenzie said the woman offered to perform sexual acts for another $80. The man accepted, giving her the money — although the woman told him to retrieve a condom before the sexual act could occur.

The man walked out of the room to get a condom — but when he returned the woman had left with his money, MacKenzie said. “He came out and she was gone,” MacKenzie said. Upset that he had just been robbed, the man then called the sheriff’s department.

Deputy John Pena arrived at the scene to talk to the man. After Pena informed the man that he had just committed a criminal act by paying someone for sex, however, the man was no longer interested in pressing charges against the woman.

MacKenzie said the man was not arrested because he did not commit the crime, a misdemeanor, in the presence of a law enforcement officer. The man described the woman as Hispanic, about five-foot-eight inches tall, 130 pounds, with blond hair.

It is unknown whether the man called a local strip-tease service or an escort service, MacKenzie said.

Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or