Seven busted in Valentine’s Day raid on Bronx club doubling as brothel
It was a case of love for sale.
Cops took down a bottle club doubling as a brothel run by a guy who calls himself “Freaky Freddie” in the Bronx on Valentine’s Day, records show.
The club advertised itself as “FDR Studios,” and claimed, “Party space available for rent.”
“We cater to all events,” the flyer obtained by the Daily News crowed. “1,700 square foot space, private serving area, 3 private rooms inside space.”
The paper included a picture of a child blowing out birthday candles.
Vice cops sent an undercover officer into the joint in a second floor apartment on Third Ave. near E. 147th St. in the South Bronx on the romantic holiday.
Inside, the officer paid a bouncer $20 at the door to get in. After he was frisked, he found sinful doings.
A bartender was selling beer and hard liquor to about 60 people. And women in various states of undress hung around, flashing their breasts at potential customers, the records show.
The place offered hookah pipes to customers, who were ordered by the club’s managers not to take cell phone pictures or video of the scene.
The undercover watched as men allegedly paid Frederick Marshall, 42, and Daquan McPherson, 27, cash to accompany women to a number of small rooms in the back of the apartment.
The club advertised itself as “FDR Studios.”
(Obtained by New York Daily News)
The money went into a cash box at the bar.
An informant used by the cops told them that he had sex with a woman in one of those rooms for $60, records show. The same informant later arranged to have sex with another woman for $80.
Cops traced two phone numbers on an awning outside the building and found one of them belonged to a David “Nazdee” Williamson, 36, of the Bronx, who was also busted.
The Vice cops arrested seven men on charges of promoting prostitution and running an unlicensed club and running a bar without a liquor license.
Cary London, a lawyer for Marshall, said his client was just attending a party.
“If we’re going to start being held accountable for the actions of others at a party we go to, then we’re going to have to start building a lot more jails in this city. Maybe that’s what de Blasio wants!”
He added, “Next year, I think my client is just going to send himself flowers.”
The seven were arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court Friday. All but two were released on their own recognizance.
“Freaky Freddie” was not arrested.