I-55 traffic stop leads to stealing, prostitution charges

Demarquis Gill (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.)
Demarquis Gill (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.)
Brittany Sutton (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.)
Brittany Sutton (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.)
Tamoyne Washington (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.)
Tamoyne Washington (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.)

By Kathy Sweeney - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau County deputies stopped a car along the interstate Thursday and uncover a crazy case of stealing, drugs, and prostitution that lands three people behind bars.

One of those suspects, a Cape Girardeau man, says he got punched in the face and lost more than $500 in cash. So, why did he get arrested?

Cape County Authorities say, while 26-year-old Demarquis Gill is the alleged victim, he also committed a crime.  That fact could ultimately cost Gill his freedom.

Gill is no stranger to Cape Girardeau Police. Arrested last September in connection with an arson fire on Big Bend Road, Gill pleaded guilty and received a suspended sentence.

Thursday afternoon, Gill wanted to see officers again.  This time, he claims he's the victim.

According to authorities, Gill says he had been "talking to a female he only knew as Mia that he met on Craigslist".  Police identify Mia as 21-year-old Brittany Sutton of St. Louis.

Gill told police "they discussed spending time together for around $500.00" and agreed to meet in Cape on Thursday.

Gill says Mia showed up with a second woman and when they stopped at a local gas station 36-year-old Tamoyne Washington got into the car.  Gill says "they all drove down Broadway, then north on US 61 to the Budget Inn parking lot".

But, at some point, the plan fell apart.  Gill tells officers "he tried to stop him (Washington)and get his money back. Gill said that Washington then punched him in the face".

Washington, Sutton, and the second woman then ran into that show of force along I-55 Thursday afternoon.

Prosecutors charge Washington with misdemeanor stealing and assault.  Sutton faces misdemeanor charges of drug possession, stealing, and prostitution.  That's where Gill's trouble comes in. Prosecutors charge him with one misdemeanor count of patronizing prostitution.

If Gill is convicted on this new charge, prosecutors say he would be in violation of his probation on the arson case.  If his probation is revoked, he could face between five and 15 years in prison.

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