JPSO makes arrests at Metairie alleged motels of ill repute
Posted on Jan 15, 2010 in Local Issues
By Michelle Hunter, The Times-Picayune
January 15, 2010, 3:19PM
Jefferson Parish authorities arrested a two men and a woman for allegedly running a pair of Metairie motels as “houses of ill repute.”
Manhesh Mistry.jpgJPSOManhesh MistryManhesh Mistry, 41; Bharat Parikh, 57; and Zandra Davis, 31; all of Metairie, were arrested Monday by detectives with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice Squad after an investigation that began in August, according to arrest and incident reports.
Mistry, owner of the Travel Inn Plaza, 5733 Airline Drive, and Parikh, a clerk at the motel, are accused of renting rooms to undercover detectives who posed as a pimp and a prostitute, the reports said. On at least three occasions, they allegedly rented the “pimp” a room at a rate of $45 for two hours for the pimp’s “girl” who would be working out of the parking lot, according to the reports.
Bharatkumar Parikh.jpgJPSOBharatkumar ParikhThe investigators even staged a fake solicitation in full view of the front office using other detectives.
Davis is accused of doing the same in her capacity as a clerk at La Village Motel, 100 Manson Ave., incident report said. Detectives used the same ruse at the business on at least two occasions.
Mistry and Parikh, both of 5733 Airline Drive, Metairie, were booked with three counts of letting premises for prostitution, three counts of running a house of ill repute and renting a motel room for an hourly rate.
Zandra.Davis.jpgJPSOZandra DavisDavis, of 100 Manson Ave., Metairie, was booked with two counts of letting premises for prostitution, three counts of running a house of ill repute and renting a motel room for an hourly rate.