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On Thursday, officials with the El Paso County Attorney’s Office announced that they obtained a Temporary Restraining Order against an illegal strip club in Far East El Paso County, and shut it down.
Officials with the County Attorney’s Office say that “Outskirts Gentlemen’s Club,” also known as “The Outskirts Alphas Club,” was operating in violation of the County’s Sexually Oriented Business (SOB) ordinance, as well as several Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) regulations.
According to officials, on Tuesday night the strip club was shut down during a law enforcement operation that ended with the arrest of the owner of the establishment, Mario Josue Escajeda.
Escajeda faces several charges, including aggravated promotion of prostitution and sale of alcohol without a permit or license.
Via a news release, officials say the Sheriff’s office made the owner of “Outskirts Gentlemen’s Club” (Outskirts) aware that a permit to operate a sexually oriented business would be denied at 1491 Darrington Road, because of its proximity to a residential area.
“Nonetheless, the owner Mario Josue Escajeda continued operating the cabaret illegally for the last nine months. The lawsuit alleges that “Outskirts Gentlemen’s Club” continued to operate as an SOB without a license since September 2020,” County Attorney officials say.
“In addition to Mr. Escajeda, the legal action names the manager Isaac Angel Salazar, and the owner of the building, Panorama Investments LLC, as defendants to the law suit.”
According to an affidavit from an investigator with the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission, the defendants “have been storing and selling liquor and beer without a license in violation of Texas law. Additionally, criminal activity occurs habitually at the location, including the sale and use of narcotics and prostitution.”
After the investigation by the TABC and DPS, the County Attorney’s Office initiated a lawsuit, and presented evidence on Monday, June 14, 2020, in the 327th District Court, where the request for a Temporary Restraining Order was approved by the Honorable Judge Linda Chew.
The Nuisance Abatement Team of the County Attorney’s Office focuses attention on community concerns regarding criminal nuisances and possible illegal activity on properties and in geographic areas.
“Even during the pandemic, the Nuisance Abatement Team has been working hard to protect the community from businesses with habitual illegal activity,” said El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal.
“I want to thank all law enforcement agencies that investigated this location because their great work made our case successful in court.”
Officials add that the Restraining Order was the result of a coordinated effort between the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the El Paso Sheriff’s Office, and the El Paso County Attorney’s Office.
The business will remain closed pending the outcome of a Temporary Injunction hearing scheduled for June 24th , 2021 at 3:30 p.m. in the 327th District Court.