Authorities have arrested nine people they say were connected to an alleged brothel operating out of a home right across the street from a Manassas Elementary School.
The alleged brothel was in a home at 10425 Grant Avenue in Manassas. From the front, you can look across the street to Bennett Elementary School.
"I got to tell you, I'm astonished," said parent Bill Shope. Shope lives near the school and has two kids going there and another who just finished."And it's worrisome, because we had no clue. No clue at all."
"It's surprising," said Tammie Arnold, whose home borders the school. "This is a really nice neighborhood, I love this neighborhood."
Authorities say they've investigated the alleged brothel for two years.Besides Prince William County Police, agents from the FBI, Homeland Security, and Customs and Border Protection were part of the investigation.
A neighbor says there were often people going in and out of the home at all hours ever since multiple families moved in a couple years ago.One neighbor says her kids were friends with a child who lived inside the alleged brothel.
Nine people were arrested:28-year old Guevara Orellana of Manassas and 43-year old Tomasa Cabera De La Rosa are charged with prostitution.
37-year old Sergio Librado Barraza Gomez and 23-year old Jose De Jesus Sierra Vasquez are charged with aiding in prostitution; Sierra Vasquez is also charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
30-year old Alfredo Juarez Ramirez of Manassas, 22-year old Erika Ramirez-Salinas of Charlotte, NC, 47-year old Juan Manuel Ramirez Barbosa of Manassas, 28-year old Monica Lucas Felipe of Manassas, and 45-year old Fredis Del-Cid of Manassas were all charged with frequenting a bawdy place.
All except Del-Cid, who was released on a summons, are being held without bond.
43-year old Elisio Barraza Gomez of Manassas is still wanted by authorities. He faces a charge of maintaining a bawdy place.