Police allege home is brothel

Six are arrested in Raleigh raid

Staff WriterMarch 18, 2006 

Six people were arrested this week when police officers raided a suspected brothel in a quiet southwest Raleigh neighborhood.

Officers shut down the operation Wednesday at 2006 Batts St., a beige one-story house on a private dirt road near the Greater Philadelphia Baptist Church on Carolina Pines Avenue.

No one was at the Batts Street home Friday afternoon, and empty beer bottles littered the ground.

The arrested include Raul Humberto Murillo-Urbina, 34, who police think ran the sex-selling business; Georgina Arvizu-Pena, 30, of Durham; and Doris Hernandez Lopez, 26, of Charlotte. Police think the two women were prostitutes who had been working at the house for the past week, said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department.

Also arrested were three men who police think wanted to hire the prostitutes. Those men were Reynaldo Lopez Perez, 45, Jorge Salas Ramos, 24, and Israel Ayala de Jesus, 34, all of Raleigh.

Neighbors called police after noticing cars going to the home for short periods of time, according to a search warrant made public Friday. Police officers grabbed bags of trash that had been left out for pickup and found 75 to 100 condom wrappers, according to court documents.

When police raided the home Wednesday, they arrested the six and seized $1,749, 132 unused condoms and documents with the names and phone numbers of customers. Police think the prostitution had been going on for less than two months, Sughrue said.

Althoughbrothels aren't often found in Raleigh, police do think that they are operating within the city limits.

"This wasn't the first location that's been found, and it won't be the last," Sughrue said. "It's not a daily occurrence, but they are known to exist."

Staff writer Sarah Ovaska can be reached at 829-4622 or sovaska@newsobserver.com.

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