The couple had been running two separate massage businesses in the city, Elite Foot and Back located at 122 South Vasco Road, and Paradise City Foot and Back at 51 Wright Brothers, as well as several more in Tracy and Brentwood, police said.
"Based on the investigation, we believe Anna Huang is involved in commercial sexual exploitation, and money laundering. We believe Brian Jones is complicit in the sexual exploitation and money laundering, and he has also committed tax evasion," Livermore police said on social media.
Livermore police and other law enforcement agencies, including the Pleasanton Police Department and Alameda County District Attorney's Office, issued search warrants for six locales in three different cities, Livermore among them. According to LPD, the investigation began last year "as a result of complaints from the community of suspected prostitution occurring at two separate massage business in Livermore."
A detective was assigned to the case and coordinated several undercover operations; according to LPD, "based on those operations, the detective began to suspect additional illegal activity was occurring, to include sexual exploitation" and continued to investigate further.
Police said the investigation is still active and they are "currently conducting interviews and following up on additional evidence." Identified victims have also been offered social services and other resources, police said.
In other news
* After more than a year, an investigatory video depicting Danville's first fatal police shooting in more than 17 has been released to the public.
The video shows Contra Costa County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Hall shooting 33-year-old Newark resident Laudemer Arboleda to death at close range, while Arboleda was attempting to evade police in his car near downtown Danville on Nov. 3, 2018.
The 24-second video -- two snippets of footage captured by both Hall's body camera and a second officer's dashboard camera -- depicts Danville police attempting to box in Arboleda's vehicle at the intersection of Front Street and Diablo Road, briefly stopping Arboleda. (The sheriff's office provides police services for the town of Danville by contract.)
When Arboleda attempted to drive around and through the blockade while being trailed by police vehicles, Hall can be seen exiting his cruiser and running toward a gap in two police cars where the Newark man was attempting to drive away, according to the video.
When the vehicle was only a few feet away, Hall began to backpedal away and fired approximately 10 shots into the vehicle as it drove toward and then by him, according to the video. Arboleda was pronounced dead at a local hospital later that morning.
Hall's body cam footage does not show Hall using verbal commands at Arboleda immediately before or during the time of the shooting.
The video was obtained by the news coalition California Reporting Project last week in response to a public records act request, according to Bay City News Service.
The town has since been presented with a wrongful-death claim by Arboleda's family, who say that not only did police follow the 33-year-old without justification, but that Hall fired upon him unnecessarily as he attempted to slowly drive past officers. The claim further alleges that Arboleda's skin color may have factored into Hall's decision to use lethal force. Arboleda was of Filipino descent.
In a statement released shortly after the claim was filed, Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston defended the deputy, saying the case involved "a dangerous and reckless person trying to run down and murder a police officer."
See the video online at PleasantonWeekly.com.
* The Alameda County DA's Office has filed criminal charges against the former head of the agency that oversees the Oakland Coliseum complex for allegedly violating conflict-of-interest laws by seeking a fee while negotiating the naming rights of the stadium.
Prosecutors filed one felony conflict of interest charge and one misdemeanor conflict of interest count against Scott McKibben, 66, of Pleasanton, on Nov. 27 for his alleged illegal activity between Nov. 1, 2018, and June 25, 2019. He's scheduled to be arraigned in court on Jan. 10.
McKibben, the former executive director of the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority, sought a $50,000 payment for helping negotiate a settlement for the Coliseum naming rights with RingCentral, according to a probable cause statement by district attorney inspector Thomas Cleary.
McKibben resigned from his post on Aug. 3.
* Attorney John Burris filed a wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit in federal court last week on behalf of the mother and three young children of a 23-year-old man who died while he was in custody at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin last year.
The suit alleges that deputies at the jail caused Dujuan Armstrong's death on June 23, 2018, by placing him in a WRAP restraint device and forcing his head and neck forward, which caused him to stop breathing.
An autopsy by the Alameda County coroner determined Armstrong died due to mechanical asphyxia.
"It was a horrible way to die," Burris said at a news conference at his office in Oakland.
The suit also alleges that while Armstrong was dead or dying deputies placed a spit mask on his face to try to cover up the fact that he was unresponsive.
A sheriff's spokesman didn't respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit and Burris's allegations.
The suit seeks unspecified general, special and punitive damages.
-- Pleasanton Weekly staff and Bay City News Service
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