News Story

 

Camarillo Police Department Makes Arrests at Massage Establishment
3/7/2015 1:07:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Camarillo Police Department works with Camarillo Code Compliance in Massage Establishment Arrests

 

Report Number:

15-5092

Location:

April's Massage / 2109 Pickwick Drive, Camarillo

Date & Time:

March  5, 2015 / 1400

Unit(s) Responsible:

Community Resource Unit / Special Crimes Intelligence Unit / Camarillo Code Compliance

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

Victim

Li, Han

Miao, Jie                                                                          

Alhambra

Alhambra

Monterey Park

17

45

31

 

Narrative:

The Camarillo Police Department's Community Resource Unit arrests two employees at local massage establishment.

 

The Camarillo Police Department's Community Resource Unit and the city's code compliance office have been completing compliance checks of local massage establishments. Compliance checks of massage establishments are allowed under the City of Camarillo's Municipal Code. Since code compliance completes the initial inspection when a massage business applies for a license / permit to operate, the Police Department and the City of Camarillo coordinate their efforts more efficiently when both are at the establishment for the compliance checks. The thought is that the code compliance officer would recognize any physical changes (plumbing, electrical, construction etc.) that occurred and were not approved at the time the permit was issued.

 

On March 5, 2015, at approximately 1300 hours, the Police Department and City Code Compliance conducted a compliance check at April's Massage, 2109 Pickwick Drive.  April's Massage had just opened for business on Feb 6, 2015.  During the compliance check deputies learned that two employees of the business were performing massages without licensing or certification.  Deputies also learned that the owner of the business, who was also present, was in violation of several of Camarillo's Municipal Codes.  Through further inspection of the business, the code compliance officer noticed several changes to rooms, including the installation of a large jetted tub (also referred to as a Table Shower) that was not there during the initial inspection. Additionally, deputies discovered several suitcases with luggage tags attached, throughout the building. Deputies became suspicious that employees were living at the business.

 

All three subjects were taken into custody for the violations, and interviews were conducted at the Police Department to determine the identities of the employees. These interviews were conducted by the Sheriff's Office Special Crimes / Intelligence Unit. During these interviews, deputies discovered that one of the masseuses was only 17 years old and was the daughter of the other masseuse. Both masseuses were performing massages when deputies initially entered the business. Deputies also discovered a significant amount of cash in one of the masseuses' purse.

 

The owner of the business was cited for several Camarillo Municipal Code violations, and the mother of the juvenile masseuse was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for several charges, including child endangerment.  The juvenile was released to the custody of Child Protective Services.

 

The Camarillo Police Department would like to thank the Camarillo Code Compliance Office for their outstanding partnership in discovering these violations.  The Police Department also wants the public to know that we will continue to perform these compliance checks on a regular basis, and will aggressively seek prosecution for these violations.

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant John M. Franchi

 

News Release Date:

March 6, 2015

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant John M. Franchi / john.franchi@ventura.org  805-947-9363

 

 

Approved by:

Commander Monica McGrath

 







 

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