The owner of seven Puget Sound bikini-barista stands who was previously arrested on suspicion of promoting and permitting prostitution was arrested again Thursday for tampering and intimidating a witness.
Carmela A. Panico, 51, allegedly pressured potential witnesses to not cooperate with police and falsely say they were being represented by an attorney, according to the Everett Police Department. Panico was arrested in June after police concluded that several Java Juggs and Twin Peaks espresso stands were being used to promote prostitution and lewd conduct.
Since the arrest, Everett police detectives have continued investigating Panico by interviewing more than 100 current or former employees. During the interviews, detectives learned Panico had allegedly pressured witnesses causing one to change her statements to police.
Panico was booked into the Snohomish County Jail. She remained in custody Thursday night.