Bikini espresso stand owner charged with lewd conduct

EVERETT — A Snohomish woman is being accused of engaging in lewd behavior while serving up coffee drinks at one of the three bikini espresso stands she owns along Highway 99.

At least one of those stands is equipped with a stripper pole, according to court records. Edmonds police detectives say the owner and her employees gave sexually explicit dances and exposed themselves to customers. Undercover police also reported seeing the baristas allow customers to touch their naked breasts when tipping the women.

Snohomish County prosecutors Tuesday charged Carmela Panico, 49, with lewd conduct, a misdemeanor. Panico is listed as the owner of Java Juggs Incorporated, which consists of three bikini baristas stands. Two drive-through coffee huts are located in unincorporated south Everett and the third is in the city of Edmonds.

Six of her employees have been charged with misdemeanors in connection with the case. The women range in age 20 to 30.

Edmonds police began investigating Panico’s stands in October after receiving numerous complaints about lewd behavior. Investigators used a surveillance camera to record what was going on at the stands. The videos showed a range of illegal behavior, according to court papers.

Panico allegedly told one undercover officer she recently fired a barista for giving a naked pole dance. Panico allegedly went on to say that she could flirt with him and shake her breasts. Then she allegedly grabbed the pole, bent over and wiggled her buttocks at the undercover officer.

She told the officer she was the owner and didn’t want any “lewd” behavior at her stands, prosecutors wrote in court papers.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Sid Logan (left) and Rob Toyer
PUD candidates focus on rates, broadband and renewables

Incumbent Sidney Logan faces former Marysville City Council member Rob Toyer for the District 1 seat.

Top (L-R): Suzan DelBene, Jeffrey Beeler, Rick Larsen. Bottom (L-R): Pramila Jayapal, Craig Keller, Tim Hazelo.
COVID isn’t the only issue in contests for three House seats

Incumbent Democrats face challengers who talk about immigration, federal spending and term limits.

Nicola Smith
Lynnwood council seethes as panel moves to hike mayor’s pay

The salary commission also cuts council salaries. Opponents say they’ll try to repeal the changes.

Volunteers assemble playground equipment Saturday afternoon at Gold Bar Elementary School in Gold Bar on October 17, 2020.   (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
In Gold Bar, it takes a village to build a playground

After a couple months, the community raised about $60,000 to replace aging, cracked equipment.

Cassandra Lopez-Shaw (left) and Robert Grant.
Lone local judge race: Defense attorney vs. deputy prosecutor

Cassandra Lopez-Shaw would be the county’s first Latina judge. Robert Grant is endorsed by retiring judge Eric Lucas.

CORRECTS NAME OF CANDIDATE AT LEFT TO MAIA ESPINOZA INSTEAD OF OF MONICA MARCHETTI - Maia Espinoza, a candidate for Washington state superintendent of public instruction, is shown at left in an undated photo taken by Monica Marchetti and provided by her campaign. Espinoza is challenging incumbent state superintendent Chris Reykdal, right, shown in an AP photo taken Oct. 2, 2020, in Olympia, Wash., in the upcoming November election. (AP Photo)
COVID and sex education frame the state superintendent race

Maia Espinoza, 31, is challenging incumbent Chris Reykdal, 48. They are both parents — with divergent views.

This giant Asian hornet was among three captured this week in Blaine. They were outfitted with radio trackers. (Washington State Department of Agriculture) 20201023
‘Murder’ hornet nest is found in Blaine and will be destroyed

Entomologists were finally successful in finding the nest by attaching radio trackers to three hornets.

Helen Price Johnson (left) and Ron Muzzall
Whidbey Island candidates for Senate offer varied strengths

Republican Sen. Ron Muzzall and Democrat Helen Price Johnson are running for the 10th District seat.

Most Read