Alleged Strip Clubs Shut Down in Prince George's County

By Zachary Kiesch
|  Thursday, Dec 26, 2013  |  Updated 7:26 PM EDT
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Two clubs, Rose Cafe in Capitol Heights and Puzzles Event Center in Temple Hills, have been closed in Prince George's as part of a crackdown on adult entertainment. But an owner of Puzzles told News4's Zachary Kiesch said he's not closing without a fight.

Zachary Kiesch

Two clubs, Rose Cafe in Capitol Heights and Puzzles Event Center in Temple Hills, have been closed in Prince George's as part of a crackdown on adult entertainment. But an owner of Puzzles told News4's Zachary Kiesch said he's not closing without a fight.

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Prince George's County police say they've ordered the closure of two adult entertainment businesses.

Police said Wednesday that they served violation notices last week to the tenant and property managers of Rose Cafe in Capitol Heights and Puzzles Event Center in Temple Hills.

The businesses, and others that have been part of a recent crackdown on adult entertainment in the county, advertise themselves as restaurants, bars or banquet halls, but police say they are hosting exotic dancing.

"They were operating as adult entertainment businesses," said Cpl. Maria McKinney of Prince George's County police.

Police say both Rose Cafe and Puzzles have been operating without the required use and occupancy permits and have been issued violation notices in the past related to adult entertainment activities. The businesses were ordered closed pending the outcome of an appeals hearing.

But Terrence Williams, Sr., the owner of Puzzles, said his business is a video production studio, and the "dancing" reported was part of rap artists filming videos.

"So if I have girls in there dancing, and they are making videotapes of them dancing, and I am selling them, how can you stop me? That's what I am here for," Williams said.

Williams also said he's not a part of the adult entertainment industry in the county, and plans to fight the closure in court.

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