News Release

News Release

Arrests Made in Massage Parlor Prostitution Case

On August 16, Alexandria Police Department Narcotics Detectives made three arrests in a case related to reported acts of prostitution at local massage parlors. The Narcotics Team received information that acts of prostitution were occurring at two locations on Jackson Street. One parlor was identified as Asian Zen Spa, while the other was identified as Body Works, however both were owned and operated under Asian Zen Spa.

During the operation, Narcotics Detectives were able to identify suspects in the investigation. On August 16, executed three search warrants at 5401 Jackson Street, Suite C, where three suspects were arrested and over $20,000 was seized. Wei Hong, Jun Xu, and Yanzia Wang were charged in connection with the case and were booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Hong, Wei
Charges: Pandering
Money Laundering
Racketeering

Xu, Jun
Charges: Prostitution by Massage
Pandering
Money Laundering
Racketeering

Wang, Yanxia
Charges: Prostitution by Massage
Pandering
Money Laundering
Racketeering

Wei Hong, 12/2/56
5431 Downing St. Apt 5B

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Jun Xu, 3/11/65
5431 Downing St. Apt 5B

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Yanxia Wang, 2/04/64
5431 Downing St. Apt 5B

Second Arrest in West Alexandria Burglaries

UPDATE (AUG 3, 2018):
Earlier today, RPSO deputies located and arrested a second suspect in numerous burglaries and thefts in the West Alexandria area. Although initial information indicated that the second suspect was a juvenile, he was determined to be 17-year-old Fredrick Batiste, of Lecompte. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on multiple charges. No booking photo is available at this time.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:
Over the past week, numerous burglaries and thefts were reported in the West Alexandria area, including the West Point subdivision, near Alexandria Senior High School, the Cherokee Village area, and other locations near Twin Bridges Road. Information was gathered by officers and detectives, including photos, taken by area residents, of potential suspects who were seen trespassing behind homes in the area.

Detectives working the case were in contact with deputies of the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division, who were also investigating possibly-related cases that occurred in nearby areas that were outside the city limits. Working together, APD and RPSO detectives were able to identify two suspects, both juveniles.

On Wednesday, August 1, the first suspect, a 16-year-old male, was located and arrested. Detectives from both agencies are continuing to attempt to locate the second suspect, a 15-year-old male. Due to their juvenile status, no other information is available about the suspects.

“This is yet another fine example of a great job done by our CID Property Crimes Unit,” said Chief Jerrod D. King. “It’s a privilege that, in two months of being Chief, I have had so many occasions to congratulate the officers of APD for their hard work, professionalism, and perseverance. I’d like to thank the vigilant residents that saw suspicious behavior and got the photos and turned them over to us.

“I also want to extend our thanks to Sheriff Hilton and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives who worked on this case with us. Whenever there is any kind of case that crosses jurisdictions, or has elements of the crime in multiple areas, we always have a great working relationship with RPSO and our other neighboring agencies, and it’s great to be able to count on that.”

These cases are still under investigation, and further details are not available at this time.

Arrest Made/Pending in Multiple Burglaries in West Alexandria

Over the past week, numerous burglaries and thefts were reported in the West Alexandria area, including the West Point subdivision, near Alexandria Senior High School, the Cherokee Village area, and other locations near Twin Bridges Road. Information was gathered by officers and detectives, including photos, taken by area residents, of potential suspects who were seen trespassing behind homes in the area.

Detectives working the case were in contact with deputies of the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division, who were also investigating possibly-related cases that occurred in nearby areas that were outside the city limits. Working together, APD and RPSO detectives were able to identify two suspects, both juveniles.

On Wednesday, August 1, the first suspect, a 16-year-old male, was located and arrested. Detectives from both agencies are continuing to attempt to locate the second suspect, a 15-year-old male. Due to their juvenile status, no other information is available about the suspects.

“This is yet another fine example of a great job done by our CID Property Crimes Unit,” said Chief Jerrod D. King. “It’s a privilege that, in two months of being Chief, I have had so many occasions to congratulate the officers of APD for their hard work, professionalism, and perseverance. I’d like to thank the vigilant residents that saw suspicious behavior and got the photos and turned them over to us.

“I also want to extend our thanks to Sheriff Hilton and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives who worked on this case with us. Whenever there is any kind of case that crosses jurisdictions, or has elements of the crime in multiple areas, we always have a great working relationship with RPSO and our other neighboring agencies, and it’s great to be able to count on that.”

These cases are still under investigation, and further details are not available at this time.



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