Visalia massage parlors get pinched

Of the nine parlors investigated by the Visalia Police Department Special Enforcement Unit, it was discovered that seven of them were engaging in services related to prostitution.(Visalia Police Department)

Visalia Police Department cracks down on illicit activities at seven massage parlors in citywide investigation

VISALIA – An investigation into some local massage parlors have revealed a less-than-therapeutic twist at a handful of locations.

Reported on May 9, Visalia Police Department Special Enforcement Unit has been actively investigating massage parlors in Visalia over the past 2 months to verify their legal operations. Nine locations were investigated, leading to the discovery that seven of them were engaging in activities related to prostitution. As a result, all seven employees involved were arrested on charges related to prostitution.

City of Visalia Code Enforcement assisted with the investigation and issued “Cease and Desist” closure notices to the implicated businesses. The Visalia Police Department and Code Enforcement will continue to work together, in the future, to ensure that massage businesses in Visalia adhere to safety and legal standards.

The addresses of the seven locations are as follows:

  • 332 W. Houston – Osaka Massage
  • 517 W. Murray – Green Spa Massage
  • 3322 S. Mooney – QQ Massage
  • 1410 N. Ben Maddox – Royal Wellness Spa
  • 143 W. Walnut – Apple Massage
  • 400 W. Caldwell #A – Royal Health Massage
  • 3112 S. Mooney #C – Beijing Massage

In other reports, on May 9 at 10:30 a.m., the Visalia Police Department Narcotics Unit and Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant in the 500 Block of South Francis Street in Exeter. The Narcotics unit had been investigating Kaleb Ortiz, 24, and Marissa Flores, 23, for narcotics distribution in Visalia and neighboring areas.

During the search of the residence, detectives discovered 4.25 kilograms of cocaine. Ortiz and Flores were arrested and booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Detention Facility for narcotic sales.

May 7

The Visalia PD Narcotics Unit received information on Tuesday, May 7, that Guillermo Vasquez, 29, a convicted felon from Visalia, had been arrested in Memphis, Tennessee, by a Tennessee agency for trafficking narcotics. Vasquez is currently in custody with a bail set at $25 million.

In response to this development, the VPD Narcotics team served a search warrant at Vasquez’s home in the 5500 block of West Tulare Avenue. During the search, they found an AK47, a short-barreled AR, high-capacity magazines and ammunition concealed in a locked safe within Vasquez’s bedroom.

This operation demonstrates the ongoing efforts of law enforcement to combat illegal activities and ensure community safety.

A Visalia Police Department police car parked outside of America's Tire on South Mooney Boulevard. (Visalia Police Department)

Additionally, around 6:40 a.m. on May 7, VPD officers responded to America’s Tire on South Mooney Boulevard regarding a suspicious person. Officers were informed that a man had used large river rocks to break the entry door glass and gain access to the business. Upon the arrival of employees, the man became hostile towards them.

Despite attempts to negotiate with the suspect, Paul Hunt, 37, he refused to cooperate and claimed to be armed, threatening to shoot officers. After multiple failed attempts to de-escalate the situation, officers used a Taser to subdue Hunt, taking him into custody safely without any injuries.

Hunt is on parole for assault with a deadly weapon. A parole hold has been placed. Following medical clearance, Hunt will be booked for burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest.

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