Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan obtained a court order to close ALAA, an unlicensed club located at 9275 Richmond in southwest Houston where a 26 year old man was shot and killed on Sunday morning, September 24.
Judge Ursula Hall of the 165th District Court signed a temporary restraining order on Thursday, September 28, closing the club which has also used the names Blush Lounge, Blush Lounge 365, Willy Blush, Allure, and Village Gang Nightclub.
The order won by the County Attorney prohibits Wongson Investment Company, the owner of the shopping center, from renting the space to anyone to serve alcohol without a valid liquor license or to allow patrons to consume alcohol after 2 am.
Alberth Sinisterr-Villegas died after being shot four times inside the club at 5 a.m. on September 24. On July 30 another man, 21-year-old Jasson Huerta, was shot outside the club around 3:40 a.m. after an altercation. Huerta was transported to a hospital in stable condition.
Undercover Houston police officers purchased beer and tequila and arrested the bartender at the club on August 3 at around 3 a.m. Blush Lounge 365 advertised on social media that the club is open until 6 a.m. and that it was the only private club open during Houston’s curfew following Hurricane Harvey. State law prohibits the sale of alcohol after 2 a.m.
The Harris County Attorney’s office has filed lawsuits and closed ten unlicensed clubs in the past three months.
“After-hours bars are a threat to our community, often breeding violent assaults, shootings and drunk driving,” said County Attorney Ryan. “Young people who frequent these clubs are unwittingly placing themselves in dangerous situations. My office will continue to work with law enforcement to shut down these nuisances.”
A hearing in the case has been scheduled for October 6.