Oak Lawn Police arrested two in a prostitution sting after an undercover police detective made arrangements to meet a woman at a local hotel, reports said.
Posing as a client, the detective made contact with a woman named “Monique” from the website “Backpage.” Both made arrangements to meet at the Hilton Oak Lawn at 9333 S. Cicero Ave. For her services, Monique charged $100 for 30 minutes, which included “everything,” police said.
Detectives arrived at the hotel. After a short time, Monique allegedly contacted the detective from the same number he had called earlier. She advised him what she was wearing and said she would be walking up to the front of the hotel momentarily.
Around 11:09 p.m. on Sept. 5, a woman wearing a black jacket entered the front lobby. According to the report, Monique and the detective struck up a conversation. Other detectives advised that she had just exited a Cadillac DeVille that was parked outside in the east parking lot.
Police said that Monique and the detective negotiated rates and sexual acts. After showing her the money in his pocket, Monique told the detective to give her the $100 in the elevator, reports said.
Both made their way toward the elevator. Other detectives arrived and announced that Monique, now identified as Alexis S. Stademeyer, 20, of Oak Lawn, was under arrest. Stademeyer was taken into custody and transported to the police station without incident.
Detectives approached the Cadillac that was parked outside the hotel and spoke to the driver, Apollo Brandl, 27, of Chicago, and another woman sitting in the back seat. Brandl told police he was at the hotel with his girlfriend but did not know her name, reports said.
Brandl gave police permission to search his cell phone, which contained pictures of Stademeyer, police said. The pictures on the phone were same ones that were posted on "Backpage," for “Monique’s escort page,” reports said.
Brandl also allegedly admitted to smoking cannabis earlier in the day and still had some left. Police recovered a bag of a leafy green substance that tested positive for cannabis.
The other woman with Brandl admitted to being a prostitute, and she was released without being charged, reports said.
According to detectives, Brandl gave the following written statement:
“He picked up Stademeyer at her house and dropped her off at [another motel at 79th and Cicero]. A few hours later he drove her to the Hilton [Oak Lawn]. He received $50 USC a day and full tank of gas for his car for driving Stademeyer around. Stademeyer is a call girl and receives money for sexual acts performed on customers. This is the second day he has driven Stademeyer around,” reports said.
Brandl was charged with one felony count of promoting prostitution. He was also charged with possession of cannabis. He appeared in count at 26th and California on Sept. 7.
Stademeyer was charged with one count of prostitution. Her next court appearance is Oct. 3 in Bridgeview.
After the arrests were made, Rick Harmon, general manager of the Hilton Oak Lawn, said that staff were unaware that an undercover sting was taking place.
"We certainly don't condone this type of activity and it's not a problem we have here at the hotel," Harmon said. "The police happened to arrange a meeting here with the person they were trying to arrest.
It occurred quietly in the lobby and the person was taken off the
This story has been updated with new information.