Assistant Chief Pat Lowery of the Kent Police Department reports that two baristas from Twin Peaks Espresso (24013 104th Ave. SE, Kent) were arrested Wednesday. The first, a 23 year old woman from Mountlake Terrace, was arrested for prostitution. The second was a 19 year old Lynnwood woman who was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with violation of Kent’s adult entertainment ordinance. Both women were booked at the Kent Corrections Center.
According to the press release, Kent PD’s Special Investigation Unit began investigating the espresso stand in October after reports that female employees were exposing themselves and committing lewd acts for customers are the drive-through window. The women were paid in tips that ranged from $10 to $25. Using site surveillance and drive through contacts, the SIU identified a number of baristas who were participating in the illegal behavior. Detectives also reviewed the business practices of other “bikini barista” stands throughout Kent to ensure their compliance with local ordinances.
Assistant Chief Lowery said, “These arrests do not signal the end of this investigation.”
Additional employees are likely to be charged. If you have information that could assist the police, or if you have any questions, contact Assistant Chief Lowery at 253-856-5833.