Five arrested after raid in massage case Police say rowhouse held illegal parlor

July 06, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police have shut down what they call an illegal massage parlor that operated from a nondescript Charles Village rowhouse and whose masseuses allegedly offered nude rubdowns for clients.

Police raided the business in the 2500 block of Maryland Ave. after an undercover officer said he was offered one of three types of massages: a basic for $40, a lingerie session for $60 and a nude session for $80. Four women were arrested.

Court papers say the operator, Dwight Gross, 46, of the 9700 block of Mendoza Road in Randallstown, "blatantly ignored" a previous warning that his business was not licensed or staffed with unregistered masseuses.

Gross was charged with three counts of running an unlicensed establishment and running a disorderly house. Gross could not be reached for comment.

The women were identified as Nykki M. Hill, 25, of the 2700 block of Reese St.; Tanya Y. Wray, 22, and Jennifer Randall, 22, both of the 800 block of Hollins St.; and Casey L. Porter, 21, of the 400 block of Redwood St.

The women were charged with illegal massage and released on personal bail. One was charged with soliciting for prostitution. Their trial date is scheduled for Aug. 16.

The alleged massage parlor was set up on the first floor of a three-story red brick rowhouse on the east side of Maryland Avenue.

On the front door is an advertisement for Dynamic Office Solutions, a small desktop publishing company run by Belene Carlee, who said yesterday that Gross' wife once baby-sat for her children.

"I can't believe this," said Carlee, who produces business cards and brochures for the massage therapy office. "This blows my mind. They are two of the nicest people. I would never have expected this."

Court papers say that the undercover officer, identified as R. Price, entered the business Tuesday, obtained a price list and was asked to sign a waiver "to prove that he was not a police officer."

Other officers with a search warrant swarmed in and arrested the women. Police said they seized money, business records, receipts, electronic credit card equipment, telephones and sexual paraphernalia.

The court documents say that Gross was told June 14 to obtain a license for his establishment and certify his staff with the city's Department of Health.

Pub Date: 7/06/96

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