5 arrested in illegal casino, prostitution operation in San Jose

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Five people were arrested by the San Jose Police Department on Wednesday in connection with an illegal prostitution and casino operation. 

According to police, officers seized guns, marijuana, and cash at the scene. 

The suspects were identified as:

  • Saolepea Liu, 42, of Antioch
  • Nido Nguyen, 35, of San Jose
  • Phuong Nguyen, 44, of San Jose
  • Windie Pratt, 41, of San Jose
  • Anai Garcia, 24, of San Jose

Police learned in December that a casino was operating on the 2400 block of Autumndale Drive. 

Investigation revealed that illegal gambling, drug sales, and prostitution have been operating in several units of the building. 

A search warrant was served on Wednesday, where they seized 33 guns, 150,000 rounds of ammunition, 500 pounds of marijuana and about $20,000 in cash. 

“Adult female survivors employed at the brothel were also located and provided resources, assistance, and information about their rights,” SJPD said.

The suspects were booked into Santa Clara County Jail for various felonies.

An investigation is ongoing. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling the tip line at (408) 947-STOP, or on www.siliconvalleycrimestoppers.org. Information leading to an arrest can earn the informant a cash reward.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.