No customers were present when three Richmond massage parlors were raided Tuesday evening, but during a three-month investigation, business had been booming at the establishments, police said.
The undercover investigation — conducted by Kentucky State Police and the Richmond Police Department — found that the three establishments, Yoshiko’s Spa, Fuji Studio and Ocean Spa, employed female workers who “were offering male patrons sex in return for money,” said Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.
The workers offered sexual services to undercover officers, he said. Citizen complaints about the spas also were reported.
“ ... during the course of the investigation, detectives reported that at times, the places were so busy that customers were waiting to be served,” Brock said.
“The full spectrum of sexual services were available” at the parlors, he said.
Police executed search warrants at the three businesses at 5:40 p.m., Brock said. Six women were arrested for promoting prostitution, a Class D felony. They ranged in age from 48 to 75 and had addresses from many areas across the United States. Only one had a Richmond address.
Three women were arrested and charged with promoting prostitution at Yoshiko’s Spa on Northgate Drive. They were: Sun Aldrich, 52, of Oklahoma City; Myong Sim Tarver, 54, of Los Angeles; and Sue Jones, 75, of Richmond. Jones was identified as the manager of the spa.
At Fuji Studio on S. Porter Drive, one woman — Chong H. Brown, 48, of Surf City, N.C. — was arrested and charged with promoting prostitution.
Two women, Pun Suk Ray, 53 of League, Texas, and Marie Lee, 56, of Aurora, Colo. — were arrested at Ocean Spa on the Eastern Bypass.
In addition to the arrests, the searches resulted in the recovery of approximately $16,300 in cash from the three locations, Brock said.
The immigration status of the six women is not known, the chief said, but officers contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) before serving the search warrants.
“We also passed the information to their Enforcement Removal Office in Louisville today (Wednesday) and have not heard anything further from them,” Brock said.
All three businesses appeared to be closed Wednesday.
Two of the six women — Brown and Tarver — were released Wednesday from the Madison County Detention Center on a $2,500 bond. The four others remain at the detention center in lieu of a $2,500 bond.
• On Tuesday, police arrested Dion L. Watts, 28, of E. Irvine Street, on the strength of a federal warrant charging him for being a felon in possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. The charges stem from a joint investigation conducted by RPD and the U.S. Bureau of ATF.
“Officers developed information that Watts was at his stated residence on E. Irvine Street and arrested him without incident at approximately 3 p.m.,” Brock said.
He was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center pending transfer to federal authorities.
• Police filed additional charges Tuesday against Sammy Ratliff, 19, of Daisy Lane in Berea, in connection with his possession of stolen property.
Ratiff was arrested Jan. 17 and charged with numerous offenses after he allegedly fled from an officer attempting to stop him for a traffic violation. He allegedly crashed the vehicle into a retaining wall at the intersection of Four Mile Road and the Robert R. Martin Bypass.
Police found several power tools inside the vehicle, including two saws, a drill, a flashlight and a laser plane. On Tuesday, police determined those tools had been stolen from a residence near Berea on Jan. 17, Brock said. The theft had been reported to Kentucky State Police.
Ratliff was charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000.
He is lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.
• On Monday, a resident in the 400 block of Norwood Drive reported that her residence had been broken into during the early afternoon hours. A gray Toshiba laptop computer, valued at $450, was reported stolen. Entry was gained by forcing open the front door, Brock said.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.
Lorie Love Hailey can be reached at email@example.com or 624-6690.