ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A south St. Louis business is raided by law enforcement. St. Louis police confirmed Dojo Pizza on Morganford is the subject of an investigation.
A witness told FOX 2 she saw several agencies, including local police, FBI, Homeland Security, and Animal Control on the scene. Officials were seen carrying several items from the building.
“They technically just came in, took all the boards down, walked in, they had boxes of evidence. They walked out with really heavy boxes. “said witness Courtney Fuller “There was also animal control here. Apparently there was a cage involved.”
Earlier this month, St. Louis police responded to the same address in response to calls that a 46-year-old man was contributing to the delinquency of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. That case was turned over to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office.
“There is no human trafficking, there is no sex trafficking of children,” said Loren Copp, owner of Dojo Pizza. “I have not been charged with anything along those lines.”
Copp said he lived in the building with his own kids and was told he had to close his business down because the structure was not up to code. Meanwhile, he said the incident regarding child endangerment involved a firearm in his bedroom.
According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Copp has a past filled with lawsuits, bankruptcy, and allegations of fraud.
The building has condemned property signs on it now. Police have boarded the doors shut. They acknowledge no charges have been filed at this time.
Dojo Pizza is a non-profit organization that provides a safe place for kids to hang out, according to its Facebook page. Besides selling pizza, people take self-defense classes, kids play basketball and they offer karate classes.