"Call Me Whn U Can:" How the Feds Say Flashdancer's Owner Plotted to Have Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck Killed

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Flashdancer owner and movie-watching buff Ryan Walker Grant
On paper, anyway, Ryan Walker Grant, the owner of Flashdancer Cabaret in Arlington, agreed to shut down the troubled strip club in January, after the city and state both leaned on Grant to close shop for a year. But as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported yesterday, and as the FBI affidavit you'll find below suggests, Grant wasn't going quietly. Or sanely.

According to the FBI, Grant sent a text message just before 1 a.m. last Tuesday, to someone identified only as Individual A. "Call me whn u can," Grant wrote. He had some "formal business" to discuss.

His guy called right back.

"I really need somebody to take a vacation up here to do a job from down south man," Grant told the man.

Things then got cryptic. He gave the man "an example," saying that if someone was watching a movie in Miami, someone from Cuba would come up to Miami to "watch the movie," and then fly back to Cuba never to return.

They were not, it seems, talking about Titanic in 3D. Investigators say Grant often talks in code. "Watching a movie" is apparently code for murdering someone.

His guy showed up that afternoon, the feds say. Grant handed him a piece of paper with the identities of two men. Those men aren't named by the FBI, but the Star-Telegram reported that the men are Mayor Robert Cluck and Dallas attorney Tom Brandt, who represented the city in its attempts to shut down Flashdancer.

"They just jacked me for a year of business and they're trying to track me indefinitely ..." Grant told his guy. "We had a deal, and they just reneged on it." The city was costing him $800,000 a year, Grant said.

Hence, the plan. Grant requested that some "wetbacks" from Mexico come to Dallas to take care of Cluck and Brandt. The price: $10,000 a head. "I can't just call up my dude and say go hit them," Grant said, by way of explaining his "wetback" request. "This is too high profile." He worried about getting "pinched."

The plan was hatched. On Monday of this week, the man met Grant at his home and told him that the guys -- the "wetbacks" -- were ready to go, just waiting for the green light from Grant.

Grant confirmed the plot, adding that he would use his child as an alibi. Before he sent the man on his way, he asked him to lift his shirt. He was worried he was wearing a wire.

It's unclear whether the man was or not, but there was a microphone somewhere, and the FBI was on the other end. Grant was arrested at his home in Kennedale that day.

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MLouCamp
MLouCamp

There's no way that dump pulled in 800K a year...legally anyway ;)

Steve Ray
Steve Ray

DFW NITES sources say that Ryan Grant had bragged about having guns shot at a rival club's signage and buildings.

Byter
Byter

Well you get what you pay for. He'll be going up just because he's a cheap bastard.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

He should've just gone to watch Titanic in 3D

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

I'm glad his "wetback" plan failed. It's always a shame when an illegal immigrant comes up here to do a job cheaper than an American worker would.

astoogebyanyothername
astoogebyanyothername

It looks like "Operation Wetback" was a no-go. Time for the Feds to implement "Operation Bubba-in-his-buttcrack"....

Guest
Guest

It just goes to show that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Just another note to criminals out there, since I watch a lot of 48 hours and Dateline. Plans like these rarely come to fruition because there's always some informant that blows your cover.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Hey, someone needs to take the evil Dr. Cluck down a few pegs, but do it at the ballot box people...

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Man no kidding. I can almost guarantee you that idea never crossed Grant's mind.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

what am i missing, what did Cluck do that makes him evil, outside of buying the cowboys away from Dallas

Tom L
Tom L

 What, closing down titty bars isn't evil enough for you?

cp
cp

 And can spell too!

Storm_71
Storm_71

I know right? Not every girl has the flexiblity in there schedule to work at Hooters.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

You can't just shut a strip club down for a year. Think about all the college girls that won't be able to pay their way. Does Cluck care? Noooooooooooo

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Well I dont think the city will miss that one too much.  I made the mistake many moons ago of stopping by and oh lord it didnt take me 2 minutes to figure that out. 

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