Alleged Brothel on Capitol Hill Raided; 2 Arrested

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    July 18th, 2006

    WASHINGTON -- One man is dead and two people have been arrested at an alleged brothel on Capitol Hill.

    According to the Voice of the Hill newspaper, which first reported the story, agents from the Metropolitan Police Department's Narcotics and Special Investigations Division raided an alleged brothel on Barracks Row twice over the past two weeks.

    The VIP Spa on 8th Street near the Eastern Market Metro station was first raided on June 30, when an undercover officer went into the building. The officer reports he asked for a massage and was solicited for sex.

    During that raid, 34-year-old Me Jung Kim was arrested for solicitation for prostitution.

    Song Davis, 46, was also arrested for operating a business without a license. The building is in Davis' name.

    On July 3 -- three days after the initial raid -- the Voice reports that an ambulance was called to the building, where medics performed CPR on 45-year-old Vannala Sengthonkham, who later died at George Washington University Hospital.

    The hospital has not released a cause of death, and officials at the D.C. Medical examiner's office say autopsy results are pending.

    On July 7, one week after the first raid, police obtained a search warrant and entered the building again, along with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

    Five women and five men were served with federal grand jury subpoenas. None of them were placed under arrest. The 10 -- whose names have not been made public -- go before a grand jury on July 14.

    Korean passports, cell phones, videotapes and financial documents were also seized during the second raid, the Voice reports.

    According to the Voice, the police department's Narcotics and Special Investigations Division began its investigation about six months ago.