DA: Club closed due to violence and prostitution that included a teen

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Memphis club has been closed after a pattern of problems.

According to the District Attorney's office, between June 2015 and December 2016 the Las Vegas Bar and Grill at 754 N. White Station was the scene of 31 police calls that also included a robbery-kidnapping and three aggravated assaults involving firearms.

Investigators also said the club used teenage girls as prostitutes, including one who was 14.

The location previously operated as La Stempeda, which was closed in 2011 as a nuisance for cocaine sales and other illegal activity.

Memphis Police arrested the following people:

  • Eddie Aguirre, 24, charged with possession of cocaine with intent to manufacture/deliver/sell
  • Adolfo Escobar, 23, charged with possession of cocaine
  • Israel Ramos, 44, charged with possession of cocaine with intent to manufacture/deliver/sell
  • Security guard Fred Anderson, outstanding warrant for robbery and kidnapping
  • Jessica Benitez, outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor

In addition, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 15 people.

The business owner, Osman Danilo Rubi Zelaya, 42, received a citation for unlawful storage of alcohol.