Two Arrested in Lawrence House of Prostitution, $26K Seized, Police Say

This wraps up a two-month undercover investigation.

Left: Yuzhu Zhou   Right: Sha Liu
Left: Yuzhu Zhou Right: Sha Liu
A two-month undercover investigation was concluded last week with the execution of search warrants at two locations in Lawrence and two arrests.

Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr. said during the course of theinvestigation, undercover officers were solicited for sex by women working at 88 Lakedale Drive in Lawrence.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, officers executed search warrants there and arrested the manager, Yuzhu Zhou. Officers seized $274, ledgers and notes. A 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser was also seized as proceeds from prostitution. 

Officers also executed search warrants at Zhou’s residence on Dogwood Drive in Lawrence. A safe containing $26,470 was located in a bedroom closet. An additional $250 in cash, notes, ledgers, a laptop computer, a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a dirt bike were also seized. A 2009 Lexus RX3 was also seized as proceeds from prostitution.  

Officers with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s office, Special Investigations Unit, the County sheriff’s office, the Ewing, Hamilton, Lawrence and Trenton police departments, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation and made the arrests.  

Zhou, 55, of Lawrence, was charged with three counts of third-degree maintaining a house of prostitution and one count of operating a sexually orientated business, a fourth-degree offense. She is free on $60,000 bail.  

Sha Liu, age 32, of Flushing, N.Y., was arrested at 88 Lakedale Drive for propositioning an officer. She was charged with engaging in prostitution, a disorderly persons offense, and released on a summons pending court proceedings. 
Lynden Arden November 13, 2013 at 04:58 PM
This is top news for our town Greta? Where was the robbery in Princeton the last week on the Princeton Patch? I couldn't find it. Why didn't I see that on the front page?
Common Sense November 13, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Lynden. What does the robbery in PRINCETON have to do with LAWRENCEVILLE? Someone isn't using common sense.
KBL November 13, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Common Sense - Lynden's point is it appears that Greta finds criminal news to be Top News when it happens in Lawrenceville but when crime happens in Princeton it doesn't become Top News (or as it seems News at all) on the Princeton Patch. Both of which Greta is editor of. Just seems inconsistent.
Greta Cuyler (Editor) November 13, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Let me clarify. Crime stories are always put in Top News, whether in Princeton or Lawrenceville. Any crime that involves local, county and federal law enforcement officials and multiple arrests (like this one) will make breaking news AND top news on both Patches. Those crimes typically don't happen in Princeton, but yes, whenever there's a major crime in Princeton, it gets the same attention as it does in Lawrenceville. The levels of crime in Lawrence and Princeton are completely different from each other. Princeton as well. But to compare the two communities just makes no sense, based on the levels.
Patrick November 13, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Greta, You have a tough job running two Patches... Will Lawrence ever get it's own editor? We really lack the sort of township politics stories we have became used to... Also recaps of council meetings and true local issues. I don't fault you, you are a Princeton person, but there is so little true local interest here besides headlines. anyway thanks for taking on two patches....
Patrick November 13, 2013 at 11:12 PM
And I know one regular Patch user who would probably have been elected to council if the local dialogue had continued here on Patch. It was what 50 votes after provisional ballots that Max Ramos lost? Max and I have sparred back and forth here, over many things, but the guy has to be respected from taking his outrage from comment boards to a real well run campaign. That is the aspirational Patch. the sort of thing that AOL would pay a ton of money to a brand consultancy to figure out... That a local community could be fostered online, and nurture the community, as of now we are spoon fed chucks of metadata driven information that seems foreign and cold. What I loved about Patch was that I learned more here in 15 minutes from reading other folks' opinion then I ever could from the Trenton or free newspapers. my 2¢
Common Sense November 14, 2013 at 07:39 AM
When the editor prints a crime story she is sensationalizing the event or if she doesn't she's aloof. That doesn't seem like common sense.
TPG November 14, 2013 at 08:57 AM
Greta, while I agree with Patrick's sentiments about the difficulty of running two Patches, I think you may be being just a bit disingenuous with us. There may be more petty crime in Lville (if you say so), but there are certainly more cases of, for instance, assault in Princeton, which I read about fairly often. On NJ.com, not on the Princeton Patch. I think the point Lynden is making is that while it's easier for you to grab a police report and slap into the No. 1 story spot, it's not truly indicative of everything good that is going on in this town.
Jacklyn Corley (Editor) November 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Thanks for your feedback. We have many avenues on Patch for Lawrence Township and Lawrenceville residents to make their voices heard on issues or events concerning the area. If there's something happening in town that we haven't reported on and you believe merits further attention, use our boards (http://lawrenceville.patch.com/boards/opinion) to alert us or start a blog for your community group or organization (http://lawrenceville.patch.com/blogs). Jacklyn Corley Regional Editor, Central Jersey Patch 908-230-0585
Max R November 14, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Patrick, 34 votes, but who's counting. :-) Thanks for the kind words! Max


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