TEMPLE TERRACE — What started as an investigation into an attempted robbery ended with accusations that a 26-year-old woman was prostituting a child.
Police got an anonymous tip just before midnight Sunday that an attempted robbery was in progress at the Ramada Inn at 11714 Morris Bridge Road.
When officers arrived, they soon realized there was no robbery. But while talking to people at the hotel, they discovered a girl under the age of 18 whom they believe was being prostituted at the hotel.
They were able to find a woman who had fled the hotel before officers arrived, and police say that woman — 26-year-old Alysia Nicole Algere — profited by making the girl have sex with others.
Algere was arrested on a warrant Monday afternoon at her house.
She faces charges of procuring a minor for prostitution, deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution, renting a space for the purpose of prostitution and drug possession.
She was being held in jail Tuesday without bail.
Police have not released more details about exactly what Algere is accused of doing — or the girl's age. They say it is all still under investigation, and they ask that anyone who has information about Algere's alleged actions to call the Temple Terrace Police Department at (813) 989-7110.