A Texas car dealer, nicknamed "The Finnisher" for his Finnish ancestry and heroic exploits apprehending a robber in his Bellaire neighborhood, has been arrested on nine felony charges related to sexual assault involving two teenage girls, Automotive News reports.

Riku Melartin was made famous after he responded to a neighbor's screams by running out of his house in his boxers with a .50-caliber pistol, firing a shot into the ground and apprehending the robber. John Keating Chevrolet, a dealership owned by his wife where he allegedly worked, made commercials featuring Melartin as "The Finnisher" to boost sales. But since becoming a hero from that neighborhood incident, a more sinister story has been brewing below the surface.

Melartin allegedly gave a 16-year-old who worked as a receptionist at the dealership an energy drink spiked with alcohol before he and a coworker, George Koutani, led her up to an office and paid her $200 to take off her clothes. Melartin is accused of exposing himself to the girl on that occasion. He also reportedly is accused of paying the girl to let him touch her and to have intercourse with her. That teenager and another have accused Melartin and Koutani of sexual assault.

Since the accusations, Melartin's story - that he once was a discus thrower for the Finnish Olympic team, that he worked for the Chevrolet dealership, that he was married to the dealership's owner, Tina Jou - has come into question.

A spokesperson for the Finnish Olympic Committee told Automotive News that "no person named Riku Melartin has ever represented Finland in the Olympic games." He denies having worked for the Chevy dealership despite a civil suit by one of the victim's parents (who both worked at the dealership) being brought against him and describing him as the general manager. He even has denied that he was married to Jou, instead saying he was married to another woman. Public records show he divorced the latter in 1997, and a Nevada marriage certificate shows that he married Jou in Las Vegas in 2002.

Head below to watch a video by Automotive News about Melartin and to see one of the Chevy dealership's The Finnisher commercials.




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      Joey Franklin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've been working in dealerships for 10 years in the parts department, if i had a daughter there is no way i would allow her to work at one with all the harassment i've seen.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joey Franklin
        I'm fairly new in sales (a little over 1 yr). I made the change after getting injured in law enforcement. Some of the stuff you see/hear is just disgusting. I would never let my daughter work in a dealership.
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      "John Keating Chevrolet, a dealership owned by his wife where he allegedly worked..." What? Someone didn't take journalism 101...
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finnish Him!
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      He looks deranged.
      Gator
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh, he is a finisher alright. Nothing like throwing your life away for some underage puss.
      graphikzking
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate to jump to conclusions, but does GM wonder why so many people buy foreign cars? You go into "John Keating Chevy" and it's owned by an Asian lady and run by some Finnish guy? Who is John Keating then? Is that just a fictitious name they come up with to sound American?
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @graphikzking
        You know, it is possible that the dealership could've been sold at one point, and the new owner(s) kept the old name to retain it's customer base. But, yeah, the fact that GM isn't racist about the owners of it's dealerships is a major reason why people buy Crapolas from Toyota.
        Ramon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @graphikzking
        sooooooo... lo fat milk is chinese milk. I knew it!
      Sorten Borten
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is auto news?
        MistyGreen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sorten Borten
        Normally I'm ok with the articles Autoblog posts, but this is a bit off the wall.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they paid doesn't that make the girls prostitutes? Not saying the sick bastard should be charged but the girls were hardly unwilling victims and engaged in a crime them selves.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        I think buying should be the illegal part, not the selling. In many cases (not necessarily this) the "prostitutes" are actually the victims that have been abused, coerced, or at the least desparate.
          Bernard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          Also, fear of prosecution is one of the things that keeps many of them on the streets. If you got rid of that you could bring in a lot of them to be rehabilitated and increase the rescue rates for child sex slaves.
      nocommie11
      • 1 Year Ago
      Was there a certain black leather couch and a desk in the said upstairs office? Then I've seen it.
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey some of these 16 year olds are way mature beyond their years.
        Jake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        Read the part where they spiked her drink?
        TruthHertz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        Your father said the same before your conception.
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        hezec
        • 1 Year Ago
        The Olympics were originally an amateur competition, and in smaller countries like Finland that still largely holds true. You need to be seriously "big" to make a living off sponsorship deals and prizes, so the majority of athletes also have a regular day job. Still would've hurt nobody to check, though.
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