UPDATE 7/13/17: After CBS2’s report, the Denville tax assessor’s office said it was changing Perez’s address. More on that here.
DENVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey woman is sick and tired of her house being mistaken for a local massage parlor that has been accused of unprofessional behavior.
As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported, Kim Perez says the massage parlor’s clients keep knocking on the family’s door, and now, she is desperate for things to be cleared up.
“There is no quality of life. I live in fear constantly,” Perez said.
Perez’s dream home in Denville quickly turned into a nightmare. She said she has had knocks on the door six times in just the past week – all of them looking for a massage.
“This is all hours of the day and night, Sundays, 9:30, 11:30 at night,” she told CBS2’s Jessica Moore, “The normal conversation is, ‘I’m here for my massage, or is this Lake Spa?”
Because of a nuance in the way Route 46 turns into West Main Street in one part of town, the 911 dispatcher and mother of two shares an address with the Lake Spa. The confusion has lead to the frequent and unwanted visitors.
“Three or four months into this, I realized it was only men and all different kinds of men. And then when this guy pulled up in a motorcycle that was 6’2″ and was very dirty looking and disgusting I realized this wasn’t the clientele for a masseuse, so I started researching online and I discovered the Lake Spa, which has a history of prostitution,” she said.
Perez described the interaction with the man who came up on the motorcycle.
“Your hooker is not here. I am not the hooker. You’re at the wrong location, and he said, ‘I’m not looking for a hooker,’ got nervous and ran away,” Perez said.
She said some men have even tried to force their way in.
The owner of Lake Spa denies any sexual activity goes on there. But court records show at least two employees were arrested on prostitution-related charges last year.
The website for the spa demands “only cash.” And Perez said the page has been cleaned up quite a bit.
“They would list sexual acts with a price next to it,” she said.
Perez said Lake Spa was temporarily shut down but has since reopened, and the uninvited guests are back at Perez’s door.
“What’s going on over there? It’s back in operation, what are you guys doing?” she said, “I don’t know who these guys are, I don’t care what their profession is. If you’re willing to break the law to this level how do I know when you’re going to stop?”
Denville police said they inspected Lake Spa Tuesday and issued several violations, but legally have to give the business a chance to remediate the problems and get reinspected.
But Perez is afraid of what will happen in the meantime.
“I’m fearful these guys are going to think, ‘If I can break the law at this level,’ they can do something else too,” she said.
Police advised Perez to call 911 and write down the license plate numbers. She said she has done just that, but the customers just keep coming.