St. Pete police arrest 7 dancers at bikini bar

8:47 AM, Jun 5, 2010   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida--Friday around 11:05 p.m., St. Petersburg undercover police officers arrested seven dancers at B2T (Bottom to the Top Bikini Bar), which is located at 1101 1st Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

The bar is two blocks away from the police department.

Over the past few months, police say they've responded to about 40 complaints at the bar. It opened earlier this year.

Photo Gallery: St. Pete Police arrest 7 dancers at bikini bar

The allegations concern dancers exposing themselves by removing the top or bottom of their bikinis, which is against the law. Investigators also say there were allegations of illegal drugs and prostitution inside the business.

Here's a list of the dancers arrested:

Shanita Williams, Tamara Hopkins, Jeanie Mantilla, Marie Steisslinger, Stacey Gordon, Tameka Hardaway and Dematria Gilliam were all charged with violating City Ordinance 3-14 which is unlawful exposure of private parts or female breasts.

Mayor Bill Foster says he rode in with police Friday night to support them. He said "Quite frankly it's disturbing and disgusting. It's described as a bikini bar but what I'm looking at is obscene. I have no tolerance in my city for this."

The woman from inside the bar were lined up outside along the wall of the club. Several were let go while others were handcuffed and arrested. Police lined a nearby street with police tape to keep the public away from the scene. By 11:30 p.m. crowds of people watched police do their work and many wanted to know what was going on.

Mayor Foster says he'd like to see the illegal activity shut down. "These managers were flaunting their activity and thought they were going to laugh all the way to the bank."

Michael McGee, Shawn Bain and Jacob Land were working as managers at the bar and they too were arrested.

Foster says he'd heard the complaints about the bar and says many times the dancers would be out on the street corner in front of the club.

Thomas Lisowsky was working as a DJ at the bar. He has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon (a butterfly knife) and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Detectives say the weapon was loaded.

Christopher Hillsman, a patron at the bar, was arrested and charged with resisting an officer without violence.

Officers seized powder cocaine and marijuana they say was found inside the bar. 

 

 

Tammie Fields, 10 Connects

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