(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Angelo John Fiore was arrested Wednesday. He is the fifth person arrested in connection with an alleged Phoenix prostitution ring.
(Source: CBS 5 News) A man and woman barricaded themselves in the house near 111th Avenue and Union Hills Drive, but they were eventually taken into custody.
(Source: Mike Boyle) SWAT officers move in as the barricade situation unfolds.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A 43-year-old man became the fifth suspect arrested in connection with an alleged Phoenix prostitution ring.
Police said Angelo John Fiore was arrested Wednesday.
Four arrests were made Tuesday. Police said 44-year-old Janet Fiore and her boyfriend, 37-year-old Sterling Costa, owned the Champagne Room, but officers arrested two other women, later identified as 22-year-old Tiphany Finklea and 34-year-old Margaret Pahssen, who are dancers at the business.
It was unclear if Angelo Fiore and Janet Fiore were related.
Police served warrants at the Champagne Room at 3826 E. Illini St., just north of Interstate 10, and a house in Surprise believed to be connected to the prostitution ring Tuesday morning.
A man and woman barricaded themselves in the house near 111th Avenue and Union Hills Drive, but they were eventually taken into custody, according to Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department.
Two women and a man were detained at the Champagne Room.
"Our detectives were able to go into this business and were able to broker a deal, if you will, for acts of prostitution."
Police said someone would greet a customer at the door and offer a menu of services to choose from. Prices ranged from $300 up to $1,000, Martos said.
Police said they were able to locate online reviews from various websites depicting sexual acts provided by female dancers in exchange for money. The Champagne Room was also advertising under the Adult Services/Escort sections on Backpage.com and in adult entertainment periodical publications.
Some of the people CBS 5 News spoke to said they had no idea their neighbors were allegedly up to something like this. But one neighbor said they encountered something weird the night of Halloween.
"In the front room was a king size bed and it had big cameras ... aimed at the bed," said Mike Boyle.
Another woman who worked near the business, who asked to remain anonymous, said she was shocked.
"We just thought it was a strip joint, you know just your normal strip club, nothing as huge as this," she said.
Police said they seized a number of pieces of evidence, including about $6,000 in the bust. Officers said there is potential for other arrests in the case.
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