Local Business Owner Arrested During Prostitution Sting

LUBBOCK, TX – A San Angelo business owner was arrested last week following a prostitution sting in Lubbock.

According to the Lubbock Police Department, on May 13, officers with the LPD arrested Lyndon Butler, 37, of San Angelo, for solicitation of a prostitute. The arrest was made during a large human trafficking sting.

Along with Butler, 25 suspects were arrested with human trafficking charges. Local business records show that Butler is part owner of Unlimited Air, a local HVAC company.

As of Tuesday, May 24, Butler had been released from the Lubbock County Jail. 

In Sep. 2021, the State of Texas became the first state to make prostitution solicitation a felony. Now convictions come with a minimum two year sentence and a $10,000 fine.

The following is the full press release from the Lubbock Police Department:

Twenty-five individuals are behind bars following a central Lubbock prostitution operation conducted by the Lubbock Police Department’s Special Operations Division, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security Investigations.

The operation was conducted over two days on May 12th and 13th, resulting in 18 felony arrests for solicitation of prostitution and seven arrests for misdemeanor prostitution.

Additional arrests were made for warrants, Delivery of Dangerous Drugs, Endangering a Child, and Evading Arrest.

Six additional females were contacted during this operation and identified as possible victims of human trafficking. They are not included in the list below.

  • Eddie Dan Gilvin II, 31 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • William Neal Turner, 43 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Donald Keith Pool, 61 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Anthony Ray Zimmerle Jr, 21 years old - Misdemeanor Prostitution
  • Hunter Eric Sellards, 24 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Hoan Thanh-Bao Ma, 23 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Farkhat Mamadakhunov, 30 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Alexea Raygene Young, 30 years old - Misdemeanor Prostitution, Endangering a Child, and four Warrants
  • Demorris Derome Tryon, 22 years old - Misdemeanor Prostitution and two Warrants
  • Jody Wade Haywood, 45 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Nicolas Zachary Mercado, 27 years old - Misdemeanor Prostitution and Evading Arrest/ Detention
  • Brooks Clayton Herrick, 23 years old- Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Lee Alexander Briones, 37 years old -Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Florence Eva Brantley, 44 years old - Misdemeanor Prostitution w/ previous conviction
  • Fernando Borunda, 20 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Sai Harichandra Gollapally, 25 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Lyndon Elroy Butler, 37 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Lucas Mario Gonzalez, 38 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Richard Clay Richmond, 25 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Gilbert Arrizola Castilla, 62 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Charles Edwin Latimer, 52 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Jerris Contrell Mckinzie, 31 years old - Misdemeanor Prostitution w/ prior conviction
  • Joe Simon Escobar, 47 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Robert Melvin Hill, 50 years old - Solicitation of Prostitution
  • William Mack Garrett, 71 years old - Misdemeanor Prostitution and Delivery Dangerous Drugs

UPDATE 4:45 p.m.:

Following the release of this story, Mike Cummings visited San Angelo LIVE! He claimed that Butler is not an owner of Unlimited Air. He told our reporters that he and Shane Thetford own the business.

However on a sponsored interview with KLST just three weeks ago, Butler was interviewed for being an owner/service manager of Unlimited Air. Click here for the interview.

Also on the company's Facebook in July 2021, a post announced a partnership between Unlimited Air and Butler's former company, Butler HVAC.

San Angelo LIVE! has asked for documentation revealing who owns the business.


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