Police: Woman arrested for prostitution at Capitol Landing Road massage parlor

Staff writer

The Williamsburg Police Department has arrested a woman for prostitution and inappropriate touching, according to Williamsburg Police Department spokesman Master Police Officer Charlie Ericsson.

Manni “Mimi” Chen, 43, has been charged with prostitution and inappropriate touching, according to Ericsson and filings in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

Police sent an undercover officer to investigate the Sanyt Day Spa, a massage parlor located at 908 Capitol Landing Road after the department received several tips aboult illicit sexual activity, the court documents said.

The undercover officer went to the parlor for a massage and halfway through was told to flip on his back and Chen offered to perform an illicit act on the officer for $60, according to the filings.

After the officer paid Chen, he made an excuse and left the parlor, the court documents said. The incident was documented with an audio and video recorder.

Officers obtained and executed a search warrant on the parlor and found evidence of prostitution, Ericsson said.

A magistrate issued an arrest warrant for Chen on Feb. 22 at 4:15 p.m. and office arrested Chen at 9:26 p.m. the same day, the warrants said. Chen taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail and subsequently released on bond, according to Ericsson.

Chen’s name is not in any other criminal court filings in Williamsburg, James City, York, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk or Richmond, according to online court records.

Ericsson said Chen did not have a license to operate as a massage therapist.

There is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may be filed, Ericsson said.

If you or anyone you know may have more information on this case call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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