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Police: Stolen tractor-trailer crashed into Nevada brothel

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/25/2017 By SALLY HO, Associated Press
In this May 25, 2017, photo provided by Lyon County Sheriff's Office shows suspect Brain Brand, 40, of Reno, Nevada. Brand a semi-truck driver who crashed through the front gates and the front door of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show near Carson, Nevada. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says Brand intentionally crashed the one-story building early morning Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Lyon County Sheriff's Office via AP) © The Associated Press In this May 25, 2017, photo provided by Lyon County Sheriff's Office shows suspect Brain Brand, 40, of Reno, Nevada. Brand a semi-truck driver who crashed through the front gates and the front door of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show near Carson, Nevada. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says Brand intentionally crashed the one-story building early morning Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Lyon County Sheriff's Office via AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man wearing body armor and a mask backed a tractor-trailer through the gate of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch and crashed it into the front door of the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show, according to authorities and the brothel's owner.

In this photo provided by Moonlite BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof shows a semi-truck crashed through the front gates and the front door of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show near Carson, Nevada. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says a man intentionally crashed the one-story building early morning Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Dennis Hof/Moonlite BunnyRanch via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo provided by Moonlite BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof shows a semi-truck crashed through the front gates and the front door of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show near Carson, Nevada. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says a man intentionally crashed the one-story building early morning Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Dennis Hof/Moonlite BunnyRanch via AP)

Brian Brandt, 40, of Reno, was arrested and faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, property destruction and possession of stolen property, the Lyon County Sheriff's office said. The crash happened just after 4 a.m. and no attorney has been listed for him as of Thursday afternoon.

In this photo provided by Moonlite BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof shows a semi-truck crashed through the front gates and the front door of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show near Carson, Nevada. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says a man intentionally crashed the one-story building early morning Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Dennis Hof/Moonlite BunnyRanch via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo provided by Moonlite BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof shows a semi-truck crashed through the front gates and the front door of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show near Carson, Nevada. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says a man intentionally crashed the one-story building early morning Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Dennis Hof/Moonlite BunnyRanch via AP)

Brothel owner Dennis Hof said none of the five employees, 30 female prostitutes and 10 customers inside at the time were hurt.

In this photo provided by Moonlite BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof shows a semi-truck crashed through the front gates and the front door of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show near Carson, Nevada. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says a man intentionally crashed the one-story building early morning Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Dennis Hof/Moonlite BunnyRanch via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo provided by Moonlite BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof shows a semi-truck crashed through the front gates and the front door of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show near Carson, Nevada. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says a man intentionally crashed the one-story building early morning Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Dennis Hof/Moonlite BunnyRanch via AP)

The impact of the truck crashing into the building scared them and sounded "like a bomb going off," Hof said, causing what he estimated at $400,000 damage.

Hof said the suspect was wearing full body armor and a mask. He said he did not know Brandt and none of the people working at the brothel did.

The truck with a bright yellow cab had been stolen from a northern Nevada terminal of Michigan-based Central Transport hours before it crashed into the brothel, said Mickey Blashfield, a company spokesman.

Blashfield said Brandt was a trucker for the company but was fired in recent months because of what he characterized as inappropriate behavior that he did not describe in more detail.

The truck was filled with packages for delivery, Hof said.

Brandt was being held in jail and no lawyer representing him had been listed at the jail.

The brothel is in an unincorporated, industrial area known as Mound House, near Nevada's state capital of Carson City.

Nevada has brothels across the state, though they are not legal in the Las Vegas area.

Hof also owns the Love Ranch brothel just outside Las Vegas, which was the subject of intense media coverage in 2015 when former NBA star Lamar Odom was found unconscious there.

Hof is well-known in Nevada and lost a 2016 electoral bid for a state assembly seat.

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