Warren Sapp arrested on charges of soliciting prostitution - KMOV.com

Warren Sapp arrested on charges of soliciting prostitution

PHOENIX (CBS5) - Former NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp was arrested Monday morning on charges of soliciting a prostitute.

Sapp was in Phoenix working as an NFL Network analyst at the Super Bowl, which pitted the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks.

Sapp has been suspended indefinitely without pay from NFL Network pending the outcome of the ongoing police investigation, NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller said.

The Hall of Famer allegedly met two female escorts in the lobby of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown at around 2:30 a.m., according to police.   

The women went to Sapp's guest room, officers said.  Detectives were able to establish that an act of prostitution occurred by at least one of the women, Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said. 

They got into an argument over payment that got physical and spilled out into the hallway, Crump said. 

One of the women escaped and told hotel security, police said. The second woman was found in a Phoenix hotel room.

Sapp was arrested and booked into jail on two counts of assault and charges of soliciting prostitution.

During police questioning, Sapp admitted to the act of prostitution, but denied assaulting the women, Crump said. Both women suffered minor injuries "consistent with a struggle," Crump said.  

"We're interviewing witnesses and victims at this time," said Acting Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner said.

Sapp has had some previous run-ins with the law in 2010 and 2014.

Jon Erickson, director of sales and marketing of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, issued the following statement: 

"Early Monday morning we were contacted by the Phoenix police department pertaining to a matter involving a guest. We are cooperating with the police as they look into the situation. As this is an active investigation it would be inappropriate to provide any additional information. If you have any further questions, please contact the Phoenix police department."

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