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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Stolen lorry crashed into CatHouse reality show brothel

A lorry that crashed through the front gates and front door of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch (Dennis Hof/Moonlite Bunny Ranch/AP)
A lorry that crashed through the front gates and front door of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch (Dennis Hof/Moonlite Bunny Ranch/AP)

A man wearing body armour and a mask has backed a lorry through the gate and into the front door of a famous Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show, according to authorities.

Brian Brandt, 40, of Reno, was arrested and faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, property destruction and possession of stolen property, Lyon County Sheriff's office said.

Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, 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 impact of the truck scared them and sounded "like a bomb going off", Mr Hof said, causing what he estimated at 400,000 dollars (£310,000) of damage.

Mr Hof said the suspect was wearing full body armour and a mask. He said he did not know Brandt and none of the people working at the brothel did.

The truck 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.

Mr Blashfield said Brandt had been a trucker for the company but was fired in recent months because of what he characterised as inappropriate behaviour which he did not describe in more detail.

The truck was filled with packages for delivery, Mr Hof said.

The brothel is in an unincorporated industrial area known as Mound House, near Nevada's state capital of Carson City.

Nevada has brothels across the state, but they are not legal in the Las Vegas area.

Mr Hof also owns the Love Ranch just outside Las Vegas, which was the subject of intense media coverage in 2015 when former NBA star Lamar Odom was found unconscious there.

Mr Hof is well-known in Nevada and lost a bid for a state assembly seat last year.

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