KENNEWICK — Kennewick police on Tuesday arrested five massage therapists working for the China Sun massage parlor following an investigation into a complaint that a customer was touched in an inappropriate sexual manner.
Police said a female customer reported the alleged assault happened during a massage at the China Sun location at 7803 W. Grandridge Blvd., on July 27.
Undercover officers were sent into the parlor and police said an additional assault occurred. Police also learned the business, which has an additional location at 3321 W. Kennewick Ave., was operating without a massage license.
Kennewick police, U.S. Marshals and U.S Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers served search warrants at the two massage parlors and the residence where employees lived on Tuesday, arresting five people and seizing China Sun's business records.
Two women — Yamhei Wang, 43, and Jian Mei Liu, 41, both of Kennewick, were booked on suspicion of practicing without a license, a gross misdemeanor.
Two other women — Xiu Qin Sun, 44, and Lu Yan Zhen, 43, both of Kennewick, were booked on suspicion of felony practicing without a license and fourth-degree assault with a sexual motivation.
Male employee Li Shu Cui, 41, of Kennewick, was booked on suspicion of felony accomplice to practicing without a license.
Kennewick police said China Sun's city business license has been revoked.
The investigation is ongoing, and police are asking any China Sun customers who believe they may have been sexually assaulted to call the Kennewick Police Department at 585-4208.