Police raid drug and prostitution den

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 6:52pm
Staff reports

Acting in response to neighborhood complaints, Metro Police on Friday put an end to what they say was an underground bar, strip club and prostitution joint based in a house in East Nashville.

Police say numerous persons were inside the Kitty Kabin Lounge, at 708 Oneida Avenue, when detectives executed a search warrant there Friday night.

The alleged operators, Brooklyn Tankard, 21, and Adrian Hayden, 24, were both arrested and charged with promoting prostitution, a felony. Hayden was also charged with unlawful gun possession. One of the strippers, Chanel Berry, 25, was arrested and charged with prostitution for performing a sex act with one of the patrons. Two other strippers working Friday night were not charged.

Police say the investigation shows that the operators would turn on a red light at 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday evenings to signify that “Kitty Kabin” was open for business. Patrons would be directed to park in an adjacent yard and walk to the house. Inside was a bar that offered beer, liquor and marijuana. Women working at the establishment would strip for patrons in a living room. Private dances took place in a nearby bedroom. Detectives have determined that no one actually resided at the home.

A bartender, Britney Tankard, 18, and four patrons were issued misdemeanor citations for marijuana possession. They are identified as Jahmad Merrimon, 23, Leo Najeevlah, 58, Steven Gutierrez, 26, and Sheikn Faye, 30.

5 Comments on this post:

By: HokeyPokey on 6/23/09 at 6:10

I'm surprised the reporter didn't bother to check who owns the house. That information is easy to obtain.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/23/09 at 7:20

I thought you couldn't tend bar at 18.....

You're right, Hokey. That would have been good information.

By: danced with angus on 6/23/09 at 7:48

Is it time to legalize prostitution?

By: Schuss on 6/23/09 at 11:39

Where's D'Argent gonna work, now?

By: Marion Knight on 6/25/09 at 10:09