By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer
An Oklahoma County judge has given a small truck stop in northeast Oklahoma City 30 days to combat prostitution-related activities or face possible abatement liens or closure.
On April 7, Oklahoma County District Court Judge Bryan J. Dixon found that prostitution-related activity at the Five Star Truck Stop “constitutes a public nuisance.” The judge ordered the property owner, Waleed Investments Inc., and its manager, Mian Rashid, who previously owned the business, to post “no trespassing” and “no soliciting” signs in “conspicuous places on the property.”
According to court documents, the judge also ordered them to repair, replace and enhance fencing to “completely separate the Five Star Truck Stop property from the motels to the east and the property to the south” and to continue permanent maintenance on the fencing surrounding the property.
In a recent news release issued by the Oklahoma City Police Department about the judge’s decision, the lawsuit against the truck stop was filed after the department’s nuisance abatement squad “met and negotiated, to no avail, with ownership and representatives of the Five Star Truck Stop for over a year in an attempt to resolve the prostitution issue.”
The truck stop must also increase lighting and add video cameras on the property, as well as “purchase, maintain and monitor video equipment” and must provide copies of video surveillance in “usable form” to police when requested.
The judge has also ordered that truck stop personnel must provide 24-hour security and immediately hire Council on Law Enforcement and Training – CLEET – certified security guards “capable of taking trespassing prostitutes into custody.” The guards will also be armed during certain hours of the day, according to the police department’s news release.
Master Sgt. Gary Knight, assistant public information officer for the Oklahoma City Police Department, told Land Line on Thursday, April 14, that he isn’t sure the exact number of arrests that officers have made in the past year at the Five Star Truck Stop.
Five Star personnel have until May 7 to comply with the judge’s ruling.
“The court order just came down last week, so I don’t know if they have started making the changes or not,” Knight said. “If they refuse to comply, then that is something that the judge in the case would have to address.”
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