PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Phoenix Police have arrested a man and a woman after detectives say they are running a prostitution ring out of a bogus business.
Phoenix Police have received several complaints of inappropriate activity from a business located near 27th and Montebello avenues across from an elementary school. A school worker said he saw prostitutes outside the school, then was confronted and threatened by three men who walked out of the business.
The second complaint was from a business owner who was located in the same area. The woman said her tenants told her people they were going out of the business and trying to intimidate people. Police later identified that the company, Presidential Business LLC, was owned by 32-year-old Preston Uchenna. Police then discovered that Uchenna’s business did not have a valid license or permit to operate.
In separate cases in August, police investigated two cases of child sex trafficking, and the two victims reported information about the “pimp”. A victim told officers the location of the business, which matched that of Uchenna’s business. The victim said it was a facade for all “pimps” to hang out and watch the girls working in the area, court documents say.
On September 24, police arrived near 27th and Glendale avenues when a woman, later identified as 20-year-old Dazhana Schreiber, said she was “near” by a man, according to court documents. Schreiber explained to police that she was a prostitute in the area and worked for a man, later identified as Uchenna, police said.
According to court records, the two had argued over Uchenna’s treatment of Schreiber compared to other women. Schreiber claimed that Uchenna slapped her, pushed her to the ground, strangled her and picked up her phone. Schreiber then told police that Uchenna lived near 27th and Maryland avenues and had his business nearby.
Schreiber and Uchenna both used various social media accounts to recruit women by posting his home and business address. Officers found messages, comments and other information regarding the prostitution ring and the two were working together, according to court documents.
Schreiber and Uchenna were both arrested on Tuesday after officers searched Uchenna’s home. Schreiber told police that she and Uchenna were working separately and didn’t know what he was doing. She denied that Uchenna was her “pimp” and denied knowing several other women seen with her, police said. Uchenna did not respond to questions from the police. He then told police “that he thinks he needs a lawyer,” according to court documents.
Uchenna has been charged with two counts of inciting prostitution, one count of conspiracy, illegal conduct of a business, money laundering and collecting income from a prostitute. Schreiber has been charged with one count of money laundering, conspiracy and illegal business conduct. Schreiber and Uchenna have both been arrested several times in the past on charges of prostitution, assault, domestic violence and other charges.