Ex-Grab-n-Go barista will fight Everett prostitution charge

EVERETT — So far, one former barista accused of engaging in prostitution at an Everett bikini espresso stand has indicated she will fight prostitution charges against her at trial.

She and three other former baristas appeared Thursday in Everett Municipal Court to confirm their Feb. 22 trial date. A fifth women who worked at the Grab-n-Go Espresso stand failed to show up. Judge Timothy O’Dell signed a warrant for her arrest.

The women, ages 18 to 24, are accused of exposing themselves inside the espresso stand at 8015 Broadway, according to police reports. Detectives also witnessed some of the women charging customers to allow them to touch their bare breasts and naked buttocks. The city claims that contact of that kind for money constitutes prostitution.

The women were charged in September with multiple counts of prostitution and violating the city’s adult entertainment ordinance, both misdemeanors.

Three of the women on Thursday asked O’Dell to postpone their trials as they consider an offer city prosecutors are making that would mean the women could avoid jail time.

“We’re very close to an agreement with the prosecuting attorney’s office that we would be very happy with,” said Marysville attorney Brian Ashbach, who represents one of the women.

One woman indicated that she wasn’t going to take the offer and wanted to proceed to trial.

City deputy prosecutor Leslie Tidball said she offered to postpone the woman’s case for two years. The offer would mean that if during the two years the woman didn’t commit any crimes, paid fines and met other conditions, the charges could be dismissed or reduced.

The woman declined and Tidball said the offer was off the table.

Prosecutors are confident they will win at trial and the woman is looking at significant jail time, Tidball said Thursday in court.

The other defendants are scheduled to be back in court in March and April.

Police began investigating after a stream of complaints about unsavory practices at the coffee hut and others around the city. Detectives said some baristas were charging up to $80 to strip down and flash customers while they fixed them lattes and mochas.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com.

Talk to us

More in Local News

This photo provided by OceanGate Expeditions shows a submersible vessel named Titan used to visit the wreckage site of the Titanic. In a race against the clock on the high seas, an expanding international armada of ships and airplanes searched Tuesday, June 20, 2023, for the submersible that vanished in the North Atlantic while taking five people down to the wreck of the Titanic. (OceanGate Expeditions via AP)
A new movie based on OceanGate’s Titan submersible tragedy is in the works: ‘Salvaged’

MindRiot announced the film, a fictional project titled “Salvaged,” on Friday.

Craig Hess (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)
Sultan’s new police chief has 22 years in law enforcement

Craig Hess was sworn in Sep. 14. The Long Island-born cop was a first-responder on 9/11. He also served as Gold Bar police chief.

Cars move across Edgewater Bridge toward Everett on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, in Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Edgewater Bridge redo linking Everett, Mukilteo delayed until mid-2024

The project, now with an estimated cost of $27 million, will detour West Mukilteo Boulevard foot and car traffic for a year.

Lynn Deeken, the Dean of Arts, Learning Resources & Pathways at EvCC, addresses a large gathering during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Cascade Learning Center on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
New EvCC learning resource center opens to students, public

Planners of the Everett Community College building hope it will encourage students to use on-campus tutoring resources.

Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman announces his retirement after 31 years of service at the Everett City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett police chief to retire at the end of October

Chief Dan Templeman announced his retirement at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. He has been chief for nine years.

Boeing employees watch the KC-46 Pegasus delivery event  from the air stairs at Boeing on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Boeing’s iconic Everett factory tour to resume in October

After a three-year hiatus, tours of the Boeing Company’s enormous jet assembly plant are back at Paine Field.

A memorial for a 15-year-old shot and killed last week is set up at a bus stop along Harrison Road on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Teen boy identified in fatal shooting at Everett bus stop

Bryan Tamayo-Franco, 15, was shot at a Hardeson Road bus stop earlier this month. Police arrested two suspects.

Man charged with dealing fentanyl pills that led to Arlington overdose

Prosecutors charged Robin Clariday with controlled substance homicide. He allegedly handed Bradley Herron the pills outside a hotel.

Seattle woman identified in fatal Highway 99 crash

Elena Mroczek, 74, was killed Sunday in a crash involving a 19-year-old.

A memorial for a 15-year-old shot and killed last week is set up at a bus stop along Harrison Road on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Rival gang members charged with killing Everett boy, 15, at bus stop

The two suspects are accused of premeditated first-degree murder in the death of Bryan Tamayo-Franco, 15.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Snohomish in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Witnesses contradict gunman’s account of killing Monroe prison officer

Dylan Picard, 22, was driving on South Machias Road when Dan Spaeth approached his car to slow it down to avoid hitting a deer.

The Safe Sleep Cheat Sheet shows what's safe for infants and what should be avoided. Photo provided by the Snohomish County Health Department.
Infants’ deaths from unsafe sleeping far outpace other accidents

Nineteen infants died in two years in Snohomish County, when zero died from drownings or car crashes. Officials sounded the alarm this week.