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County attorney holds Los Rieles over Treasures' heads

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

The man sleeping in front of Los Rieles Nightclub won't have to worry about moving at nightfall.

"No more.  It is closed down," Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said.

Los Rieles' management was its own worst enemy, county investigators said.  Investigators gave us a rare look inside the Spring Branch nightclub and provided us with what they called irrefutable evidence of the club breaking the law:

In a video with a 3 a.m. timestamp, people are seen still going into the nightclub.  In another video, flames are in the air and drinks are still being served as late as 2:40 a.m.

In a community of families, Los Rieles only brought bad news, Mina Elizonda, who lives only a few blocks away, said.

"Unusual people hanging around and you could see it wasn't a good crowd," she said.

John Christopher Jameton has a different perspective.  He attended the club, working there off and on.  He feels the club was a target and shutting it down will not stop the party in Spring Branch.

"There's going to be another one open up down the street," he said.  "This one shuts down, another one is gonna open; that's how it goes.  It's going to stay in business; it's a big business."

Big business or not, Ryan said he's going after those who break the law.  The neighboring Walmart store joined the lawsuit against Los Rieles, helping Ryan shut the club down.

"If you break the law, Harris County is going to come after you," he said.  "If you break the law, other businesses are going to come after you."

What happened to Los Rieles should serve as a message to another club the county attorney has been pressuring.  The county won a temporary injunction against Treasures Nightclub after allegations of drug use and prostitution.

"We've asked the federal court to address this (injunction) issue," Treasures' attorney, Casey Wallace, said.

Earlier in September, Treasures' attorneys told us they're facing trumped allegations from the City of Houston and county officials.  On Sept. 12, Wallace accused Ryan of harassing the club for publicity.

"Because we're the number one club in the country and certainly in Texas, and you always want to take down the king so you can get your face on the news," Wallace said.

"We're not giving up just because they have deep pockets," Ryan said.  "They can hire a lot of attorneys; they can spend a lot of money.  If they conduct themselves legally, they can stay in business.  If they conduct themselves illegally, we're gonna keep after them until we put them out of business."

Los Rieles also lost its liquor license as a result of the violations, county officials said.

We could not reach the owner of the nightclub for a comment.

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