A truck smashed into a strip club in an apparent deliberate attack, the club's manager has claimed.
It causing extensive damage to the venue while performers were preparing to open up
Asking why anyone would choose to target her club – Déjà Vu Showgirls on Ravine Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan – District General Manager Holly Johnson said: “We have over 200 amazing employees and independent contractors that operate and feed their families off of this building.
"They're great people. They don't deserve this, No one deserves this."
Ryan Neubauer, a 36-year local man, was arrested at the scene over the crime. He insisted to arresting officers that his name was 'Shadow' and refused to co-operate with them.
As he was led away in handcuffs by police, Ms Johnson added "It seems to be something that was done on purpose."
A police report said that Neubauer did not appear to be under the influence of drink or drugs at the time of the incident on Monday (April 11).
Ms Johnson told MSN she was grateful the crash happened at 1.30pm – before the club, and its adjoining sister club, Little Darlings, were due to open.
The Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck went about 30 to 40 feet inside the Michigan strip club before smashing into a wall.
Three club employees were on the premises at the time the crash, Ms Johnson told News Channel 3, two maintenance workers and one cleaner.
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"The most serious injury was one of our maintenance men and maybe stitches on a finger. Thank God," Ms Johnson said. “We often hire a lot of veterans. One of our veterans is pretty shaken up…rightly so.”
She added that she wasn’t going to dwell on the attacker’s notice, and was just focused on keeping her business running.
“I’m not going to dip into the mind of a madman and guess why he did this,” Ms Johnson said, “and we can’t live our lives around fear either.
”As far as I’m concerned, we have 200 employees that, at this economic time, need their jobs. and I’m going to fight tooth and nail to keep it.”
Ms Johnson added that as soon as reports of the crash broke, club employees were quick to get in touch with her and ask how they could help.
"I couldn’t keep my staff away,” she said. “I will tell them: ‘This is not our first rodeo and it’s not going to be our last, and we’re going to power through this, just like we do everything else.’”
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After emergency repairs, the club was open almost as usual on Monday evening.
Ms Johnson vows that further repairs are imminent and the club will soon be as good as new.
Neubauer has been charged with malicious destruction of property exceeding $20,000 (around £15,000), according to court records. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
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