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Prostitute says off-duty NYC cop owed her $2,000 before driving off in his car

October 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Prostitute says off-duty NYC cop owed her $2,000 before driving off in his car

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A prostitute in Brooklyn who was arrested for carjacking an off-duty officer’s vehicle, claims the cop was a longtime client with an unpaid $2,000 bill.

In an interview with the New York Daily News from Rikers Island, Taquanna Lawton said she took Officer Ali Sheppard’s Jeep once he started aggressively pushing her to have sex after they met up to settle his outstanding tab.

Sheppard picked the prostitute up last week and went to an ATM in East New York so he could take out the money to cover some of his debt from previous sexual meetings, Lawton claimed on Saturday.

As they drove to get the cash, Lawton said, the 13-year NYPD officer was “keeping me against my will” by locking the doors and pressing on the gas when she attempted to get out of his Jeep Wrangler.

“He shouldn’t have done what he did,” the 20-year-old working girl said. The woman was taken into custody 24 hours after she fled off in Sheppard’s vehicle. “I was relieved I got away.”

Lawton reportedly started to tear as she recounted her fateful, final get-together with the 38-year-old officer.

The man was eager for sex after he picked Lawton up, although she said her only interest was collecting her money. Lawton recalled that she eventually grew uncomfortable with Sheppard’s behavior and felt the urge to flee once he left her alone in the vehicle.

Her overwhelming emotion while driving off was “Relief.” The officer left her inside in the vehicle with the engine running.

According to the woman, she had known Sheppard as a steady client for just under three years before they met up last Tuesday. She was intending to flee upstate before she was arrested for grand larceny, with police recovering the stolen vehicle when they arrested Lawton.

Sheppard was immediately suspended from his post and will face disciplinary charges in the case.

Lawton contested Sheppard’s allegations that his police-issued Smith & Wesson was left inside the car and was taken along with his vehicle.

“I didn’t do anything with the gun,” she said. “I don’t know why he said there was a gun when there wasn’t.”

Lawton also alleged that she experience a miscarriage while in custody, although neither the NYPD nor correction officials could verify her claim. A police source did tell the Daily News that Lawton was pregnant and had to go to the hospital on Wednesday, which is why her arraignment was postponed one day. She is the mother of three children: A 3-year-old and twin 2-year-olds.

The cop’s father and neighbors near their Brownsville residence were shocked to find out about Sheppard’s dalliance with a prostitute. No criminal charges were filed against Sheppard, but his father remained flabbergasted by the story.

“You gotta be f—ing kidding,” Eugene Sheppard said after the incident. “Excuse my lingo. This is a surprise.”

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