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Bikini baristas arrested in Wash. after body parts shown, police say

Bikini baristas arrested in Wash. after body parts shown, police say
EVERETT, Wash. -- It's been a rough couple of months for Everett's Hillbilly Hotties coffee stand.

First, police say an armed 12-year-old robbed the stand in September. Then, on Wednesday morning, three of the stand's "bikini baristas" were arrested, accused of lewd conduct and breaking the city's adult cabaret law.

Police say they began investigating the coffee stand after getting multiple complaints that the baristas were selling more than just coffee.

"(There were complaints) that body parts were being shown. That inappropriate things were being done at the location," said Aaron Snell with the Everett Police Department.

Just after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, officers served a search warrant on the business and arrested three employees.

Two baristas, ages 20- and 21-years old, are facing charges of violating the city's adult cabaret law. A third barista, a 33-year-old from Lynnwood, was arrested for lewd conduct stemming from a different investigation.

The area is full of roadside coffee stands, but some residents say they figured something untoward was going on at Hillbilly Hotties.

"There was a definite sense of they were willing to do more for extra money, and the way they carried themselves with male customers when they were in front of me," said Jennifer Faris, who buys coffee at a stand across the street.

Police won't discuss what the involvement -- if any -- the owner of the stand had in the alleged crimes. They say they're just responding to neighbors' concerns and trying to foster a positive environment in Everett.

"We're talking about quality of life issues here, and that's what was being investigated," Snell said.
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