Police: Dearborn spa owner busted for prostitution
Dearborn — Police have busted an alleged prostitution operation at a massage parlor and made several arrests for other crimes in recent weeks, officials said Monday.
Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad also said the department is investigating several thefts from residents’ vehicles.
“The investigation into (the massage parlor) is ongoing and it’s very complex,” Haddad said during a news conference Monday held at his department's headquarters on Michigan Avenue.
He said Eunkyung Kim has been charged with operating a prostitution house, a 5-year felony, and accepting earnings from a prostitute, a 20-year felony.
A judge ordered Kim, the spa’s owner, held on a $200,000 bond and scheduled her next court appearance for Sept. 21, Haddad said. Kim, 43, is a resident of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, court records show.
Kim was arrested on Aug. 29 at the Silver Spa, 24200 Michigan Avenue near Telegraph Road, according to the chief.
Police were investigating reports of prostitution at the business on and off for a couple of years, Haddad said.
“The Feds have looked into it as well, but there was never enough evidence to make an arrest,” he said. “Fortunately, we got a break in the case.”
The massage parlor will be remain closed as long as the police can legally keep it closed, he said.
In addition, Dearborn Police have made arrests in other significant crimes in recent weeks, the chief said.
One is the apprehension of a carjacking suspect on Sept. 2.
Christopher Pinkard, 33, of Detroit, was charged Thursday in 19th District Court with several crimes, including carjacking, armed robbery and unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle as well as weapons offenses.
He faces up to life in prison if convicted of the carjacking.
A judge set Pinkard's bond at $500,000 and scheduled a probable cause conference for Friday.
Police said Pinkard carjacked a man in the 13100 block of Warren Avenue between Miller and Schaefer roads.
They said the victims told officers they were sitting in their vehicle when a man approached him and ordered them out of the car at gunpoint. The victims exited the vehicle and the suspect took possession of the car and fled, police said.
Investigators were able to identify the suspect as Pinkard, officials said. Police officers arrested him Tuesday, according to authorities.
Officials also said police have arrested a 16-year-old male in the robbery of two other men at gunpoint on Aug. 23 in Hemlock Park. Two suspects approached the victims and took their cell phones before fleeing on a moped.
Haddad said police arrested the teen within hours of the crime and that the 16-year-old had a replica toy gun in his possession. Investigators continue to search for the second suspect.
He also mentioned that Dearborn Police officers apprehended three people wanted on felony arrest warrants. Year-to-date, the chief said, officers have arrested 450 people with outstanding felony warrants during traffic stops. He said the yearly average in Dearborn is about 300.
Haddad concluded the news conference by warning residents to be on guard for thieves who have been stealing items from parked vehicles on the city’s north end.
“We’ve had an epidemic of larcenies from autos on the city’s northeast side in the last two weeks,” he said. “These crimes are like a bad gift that just keeps on giving. They just cause our citizens a lot of heartache.”
The chief reminded car owners to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables after they’ve parked them.
Det. Cpl. Ben Harless said investigators are asking the public for help to identify suspects in a couple of such thefts.
One happened on Aug. 17 in which multiple homeowners on Calhoun Street between Hemlock and Warren reported larcenies from their vehicles, he said. Police believe the crimes happened at about 2:45 a.m. because a man in his mid-20s who was wearing a beaded necklace and riding a mountain bike was captured on security surveillance video entering a victim’s vehicle.
Authorities are also looking for two male suspects who tried to use credit cards stolen from some of those vehicles at several retail stores in Dearborn, they said. The men were seen driving in a light blue minivan with one black fender on the front of the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
In another incident, the suspect broke into vehicles that were locked and parked in the 7800 block of Calhoun and the 7700 block of Manor, police said. In each case, the suspect wore a reflective safety vest.
In one of the break-ins, he approached his target vehicle in a maroon minivan, got out and smashed out the window of the victim’s van to take items from inside.
Harless said the suspect appears to be targeting work vans with tools.
“If anyone recognizes these suspects they should call Dearborn Police,” he said.
Dearborn Police can be reached at (313) 943-2235.