by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - For the second time in two months, Roswell police have raided what they call an illegal massage parlor and arrested several people on prostitution and pimping charges.
"There's kind of seedy element that would be back in the back on occasion," said Mac Bailey. "Something inappropriate is going on."
Bailey owns a Batteries Plus store on the front end of the strip mall at the corner of Grimes Bridge Road, and said the parlor often scared away customers.
"I've heard stories from some employees that mothers would prefer not to come to this location because they have their children with them," he said.
Roswell Police spokeswoman Lisa Holland said undercover detectives conducted a sting on the business last week.
"We actually made an appointment, he was received into the building, paid his $80 for a massage, and got more than just a massage," she said.
Police arrested the spa's owner, Pyong Ye Toombs on charges of pimping and for running a place of prostitution. Two employees, Hyun Grant and Choi Young, were charged with prostitution, a police report said.
Holland said officers raided the same spa in May and arrested Toombs in that case. She said detectives have confiscated $20,000 between the two raids.
"You're gonna continue to operate an illegal business and we are going to show up and shut you down," she said.
Bailey told Petchenik he's thankful police shut down the spa.
"That type of element in a legitimate business district is just uncalled for. They need to go," he said. "I just would like to see someone else get in there that's a legitimate business."
Petchenik attempted to reach Toombs at her Cumming home, but nobody answered the door.