Posted: Dec 20, 2012 6:14 PM by Andy Liscano
Updated: Dec 20, 2012 6:54 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - We received a tip today that an after-hours business on where a man was murdered last weekend may have operated illegally. It turns out the owners were evicted this week.
Once we showed up at the Smokin Waves Hookah Lounge at 505 S. Water Street three people at the location left in a hurry. Before doing so, they told us they were sent to the location by the owner to remove all of the furniture after his eviction.
Around three o'clock Saturday morning, 29-year-old Patrick Brailey was shot and killed in the courtyard in front of the lounge. We're told Smokin Waves is an after-hours meeting place.
In fact, the establishment's Facebook page invites people to come on by until 6am, BYOB, "Free liquor tonight!! Top brands + trash can punch all night til it runs out!!!"
Someone tipped us off that the business owners, Robert and Felicia Jaques, were operating without the proper permits from the city.
We confirmed with Sylvia Carrillo, Assistant Director of Development Services. "I don't see a valid Certificate of Occupancy... even within the past year for that particular...for that particular space."
A further check found no permits or certificates for the business. She sent out building inspector John Speights to check out the business this afternoon, but it was locked.
We asked the county clerk's office if anyone had registered the business name Smokin' Waves, but they found no records.
The State Comptroller's office told us Smokin' Waves does not have a sales tax permit, but they're checking to see if they needed one.
The city will now send out Code Enforcement to check the property. "We'll see if there was any work done without a permit and we'll cite the property owner and then go from there. We will give them an opportunity to obtain the necessary permits," Carillo told us.
As we reported yesterday, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is also looking into the business.
Police have not made an arrest yet for Brailey's murder. Witnesses say a Hipanic male in a red button up shirt opened fire on a group of people after an argument, then fled in a Dodge Durango.
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