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Undercover operation leads to fire marshal shutting down Mascara's

Alexis Diaz, 24, arrested, charged with dance in manner simulating sexual act

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mascara’s nightclub on Jacksonville's Southside was shut down Sunday night by the city fire marshal after an inspection found the fire alarm system and sprinkler system were not working.

A "cease and desist" letter could be seen the next day on the front doors. 

An arrest report shows what led the city marshal to shutting down the adult entertainment venue on Southside Boulevard. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said it was conducting another undercover vice investigation into prostitution, drug activity and complaints of adult entertainment violations. 

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Alexis Diaz (pictured right in a JSO booking photo), 24, was arrested on a charge of dancing in a manner simulating a sex act, which is a violation of the city's adult entertainment code.

The fire marshal was then called in response to what JSO found.

There have been two murders at Mascaras in the last seven years.

Brandon Green was shot and killed in 2013 after he bumped into a man, and he took offense. Lenard Anderson was convicted of manslaughter and is serving 30 years in prison. 

Glenn Adams Jr., 30, was shot in the chest and killed in 2012 when he intervened in an altercation between Stanley Merriweather and some dancers. Police said Merriweather hit one of the dancers and Adams started punching him before Merriweather pulled out a gun and shot Adams. Merriweather pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.