Dave Ruttenberg has made an arrangement with his landlord to re-open Rack n’ Roll until it can be sold, and it’s driving the Manassas Park Police Department completely nuts. Not only did they make an attempt to do a sting two weeks ago in their typical Keystone Cops fashion, but just days ago, they tried it again. This time, they pick a different upstanding citizen to help them out.
This guy. Click if you want to see a disturbing video.
Meet Christian Gates. When he’s not sucker-punching the women in his life, he’s a petty thief who likes to steal money from unattended cash registers. In the video above, Gates sucker punches his girlfriend, and the mother of his child a week after she’s given birth right out in front of the club after having an argument inside. Dave Ruttenberg has nineteen videos of this guy robbing the till at Rack n’ Roll over the years. Now he’s an undercover informant for the Manassas Park Police Department. He showed up at about 3:30AM last Saturday morning to have a talk with Dave Ruttenberg in a pretty silly attempt to provide enough probable cause for a police unit to raid Rack n’ Roll.
But first things first. At 3:25AM, when there’s usually no traffic in the parking lot, a vehicle arrives in front of Rack n’ Roll. We’ll call this “vehicle one.”
Two minutes later, it drives off and comes around the back of the club.
Two minutes after that, at 3:29AM, a U-Haul truck pulls up behind Rack n’ Roll. It pulls up just enough to get caught by the surveillance cameras.
Realizing that they’ve pulled up too far, about thirty seconds later it’s backed up so that it’s out of view. The shadow of the truck from a streetlight is visible at the bottom right.
At 3:30AM Mr. Christian Gates arrives in front of the club. He’s been barred from the place, understandably, so the manager alerts Dave Ruttenberg that this guy is here, and Ruttenberg walks out in front of the club to have a talk with him rather than allow this guy inside.
This conversation turns bizarre, with Gates trying to get Ruttenberg to admit to having done all sorts of things that never happened. He asks Ruttenberg if he somehow remembers conducting illegal gambling operations, having after hours stripper parties, drug dealing, and a host of other stuff. While they’re talking, here goes “vehicle number two”, at 3:48AM:
Ruttenberg plays with this guy for a while, and then finally starts making fun of him. When this happens, all the vehicles start moving again.
First, the U-Haul departs at 3:56AM.
Gates figures that the gig is up, and takes off. Ruttenberg figures that there’s something going on here, and goes out the back door with his manager to see if anything is happening out there. As soon as he goes out the door, someone in a little Honda parked in the back yard of a house directly behind Rack n’ Roll, and only about thirty feet from Ruttenberg, taps his brakes, giving away their position. Here’s Ruttenberg storming out to try and figure out what’s going on, at 4:02AM:
During the day, this is what the view out of the back door looks like. The City of Manassas Park has helpfully cleared out some of the underbrush from this private property earlier this summer so they’d more easily be able to conduct surveillance operations:
This car pulls out of this back yard and onto Scott Drive at 4:03AM, and vehicle number two immediately follows behind it while Ruttenberg brings his manager out back to see for himself what’s happening here.
This Honda then passes in front of Rack n’ Roll about thirty seconds later:
Now let’s break down what these vehicles most certainly are.
Vehicle one is a reconnaissance vehicle. It’s job is to cruise around and make sure that everything goes according to plan. The driver of this vehicle is a uniformed police officer, and if you look closely at the picture of it passing, you’ll notice the driver has a patch on his sleeve that is very similar to that worn by the Manassas Park police.
The U-Haul truck is a “jump out” vehicle with police officers inside. As soon as it gets the signal, the door rolls open and the officers inside can barrel through the back door of the club.
Vehicle number two is a “cover truck” that escorts the other vehicles as necessary. When the Honda leaves it’s position, it’s job is to “block” anyone following the vehicle. It has adhesive or magnetic “flashers” on it so it can display emergency lighting if required, and last evening it was back in front of Rack n’ Roll with four Manassas Park police officers while I was working on this story.
The Honda is a surveillance car that is recording audio from Christian Gates, and needs to stay within about 300 feet in order to pick up a clean signal, so it has to remain stationary.
At this point, you’re probably wondering, as I was, why this was happening, and appears to be continuing. Why would the Keystone Cops be trying to run Ruttenberg out of town when he’s in the process of selling his business and is soon going to not be any of their concern?
Manassas Park is scared. With their legal position crumbling, with Dean Crowhurst putting his foot in his mouth and begging for a major investigation to be conducted, and increasing numbers of residents beginning to question just what the heck has been going on, the window is closing on any opportunity they might have to trash Ruttenberg’s reputation and substantiate the detestable lies they’ve been promoting as truth. Once Ruttenberg is out of the picture at Rack n’ Roll, they can’t even try to entrap him any more. If they fail, they will not have persuasively substantiated anything they’ve said about him in the past. They’re pulling out all the stops, turning out anyone who has known Ruttenberg in the past and whom they can get leverage on in a series of last-ditch desperate attempts to arrest him on anything they can, and have some pretext to search his premises.
I went over to Rack n’ Roll last evening to pick up this evidence and see for myself what’s going on, and while I was there we saw the “cover truck”, the U-Haul, and a number of police officers staging something. As soon as Ruttenberg started showing me around, both vehicles and all the police officers left, all of which was caught on surveillance video. It looks like I just barely missed an opportunity to be there for something interesting.
This waste of public resources and outrageous harassment has got to stop.
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