A woman accused of soliciting prostitution at the former Rosalinda’s Gentlemen's Club in Jamestown was arrested Wednesday night in Sonora after she and a friend knocked on the door of a Tuolumne Road residence and asked to use the phone.

Gina Chiodo, 37, of Waterford, had a misdemeanor bench warrant from the Tuolumne County Superior Court since March 2018 after she allegedly offered a sex act to an undercover Alcohol and Beverage Control Officer during surveillance of the former gentlemen’s club.

Ten people were arrested at Rosalinda’s Gentlemen’s Club in Jamestown on March 1, 2018, during a law enforcement raid of the property, but Chiodo was not located.

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called for a patrol check of Tuolumne Road and Morris Road in Sonora about 8:30 p.m. after two women asked a resident if they could use a phone to contact their husbands at a Tuolumne business because they were having car trouble.

When deputies contacted Chiodo and another woman, they both lied about their identities to disguise that they had warrants for their arrest, Sgt. Andrea Benson said.

Chiodo claimed to be her sister, who goes by the name Crystal Bird, and was found to be in possession of a stolen credit card, Benson said.
Chiodo was first booked into the Tuolumne County Jail under her sister’s name late Wednesday night, but her true identity was revealed after she was livescanned. She was then connected to her multiple arrest warrants, Benson added.

Chiodo was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail at 12:50 a.m. on Thursday on suspicion of false personation of another and misdemeanor charges receiving known stolen property.

During a joint preliminary hearing for the owners and employees of Rosalinda’s Gentlemen's Club on Aug. 31, 2018, ABC agent Salvador Martinez described his encounter with Chiodo during a private dance.

“She opened the door for, how do I say it? Prostitution, I guess. She asked me if I liked the dance, I said yes, it was awesome,” Martinez said. “I asked her what could I get if it was more.”
Martinez said she responded that it would cost $300.
“I said $300 for everything? And she said $300 for all night,” Martinez said.

Chiodo also has two outside agency warrants for a felony and a misdemeanor.

Benson said she did not have information immediately available on the charges on the other warrants.

A Tuolumne County Jail employee said Chiodo was being held on a total bail of $22,500 for her new charges and local warrants, and had a no-bail hold for the out-of-county warrants.

Tuolumne County Deputy District Attorney Cassandra Jenecke said Chiodo was being held in jail on an unrelated felony to the warrants. Chiodo has an in-custody video arraignment scheduled for 4 p.m. Jan. 7.

Chiodo’s friend, Angelita Lisa Ruiz, 45, of Modesto, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer and out-of-county, misdemeanor failure to appear warrants for possession of a controlled substance and driving while having a license suspended for DUI.

Ruiz was released from the jail on her own recognizance by Thursday afternoon.

Law enforcement is still looking for Nathan Keith, who is accused of dealing LSD to undercover ABC officers and exotic dancers at the nightclub.

Nathan Keith is wanted on suspicion of felony charges operating a drug house, renting a place for the storage or sale of control substance, the sale or transportation of LSD and possession of LSD for sale.

A trial for the former gentlemen’s club owners Marlinda Beth Russo, 47, and Rosalinda San Martin, 78, both of Manteca; and employees Raymond Jeffrey Bowman and Richard Lewis Bennett is set for Feb. 6.

Bennett, Bowman, Russo and SanMartin have a court hearing on Jan. 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the Tuolumne County Superior Court.

Many charges against them (except for Sabrina Wood who failed to appear) were dropped after the preliminary hearing, but they will still face charges related to drug sales and possession charges.

The Rosalinda’s Gentlemen’s Club property, which is located at 14450 Highway 108 in Jamestown, was declared unsafe for human occupancy by Tuolumne County Code Compliance a day after the raid. Most of the motel structure and part of the nightclub were destroyed by an early morning fire on March 13, 2018.

The county began its demolition of the property on July 10, 2018.

Toni Arken of Homelink Real Estate, the listing agent for the property, said the asking price of the two separate parcels is $669,988. The property is owned by Aponte Property Management, a company that shares SanMartin’s middle name.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.











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