Cops: Man Drove 18-Wheeler Into Famous Brothel

Dennis Hof estimates $400K in damage to Nevada's Moonlite Bunny Ranch
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 26, 2017 11:10 AM CDT
Cops: Man Drove 18-Wheeler Into Famous Brothel
This photo provided by the Lyon County Sheriff's Office shows suspect Brian Brand, 40, of Reno, Nevada.   (Uncredited)

A man wearing body armor and a mask backed a tractor-trailer through the gate of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch before dawn Thursday and crashed it into the front door of the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show, according to authorities and the brothel's owner. Brian Brandt, 40, of Reno, was arrested and faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, property destruction, and possession of stolen property, the Lyon County Sheriff's office said. Brothel owner Dennis Hof said none of the five employees, 30 female prostitutes, and 10 customers inside at the time were hurt when the crash happened just after 4am, the AP reports. The impact of the truck crashing into the building scared them and sounded "like a bomb going off," Hof said, causing what he estimated at $400,000 damage.

Hof said the suspect was wearing full body armor and a mask. He said he did not know Brandt and none of the people working at the brothel did. The truck with a bright yellow cab had been stolen from a northern Nevada terminal of Michigan-based Central Transport hours before it crashed into the brothel, said Mickey Blashfield, a company spokesman. Blashfield said Brandt was a trucker for the company but was fired in recent months because of what he characterized as inappropriate behavior that he did not describe in more detail. Hof also owns the Love Ranch brothel just outside Las Vegas, which was the subject of intense media coverage in 2015 when former NBA star Lamar Odom was found unconscious there. (More brothel stories.)

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