TEMECULA (CBS) — The owner of a massage parlor arranged a plot to steal from one of her clients as he lay naked on a massage table, according to a newspaper report.
Riverside County court records show Yi “Candy” Zhang, 51, was charged June 6 with one count of robbery and one misdemeanor count of filing a false police report, The Press-Enterprise reported.
On June 6, police were called to Pacific Massage, located at 27645 Jefferson Avenue, where Zhang reportedly told investigators that three masked men, one armed with a gun, barged into her business at approximately 8:15 pm, according to court documents obtained by The Press-Enterprise. Zhang told investigators that the men, in addition to “roughing up her and an employee,” stole cash and computers from the massage parlor, the newspaper reported.
The man apparently armed with a gun, covered the firearm with a cloth, and entered a room where a client lay naked on a massage table. The robber threatened him and stole his wallet, which held credit cards and $60 in cash, according to court records. The man’s credit cards were used immediately after the robbery for purchases totaling less then $100, court documents said.
Surveillance video from inside the massage parlor reportedly clashed with that report when it showed Zhang hugging one of the robbers and drawing her face close to his, either kissing him or whispering in his ear, Riverside County sheriff’s officials said.
“Zhang’s conduct and demeanor was completely inconsistent with such a crime,” Investigator Brett Devine wrote in court records obtained by The Press-Enterprise. “It was clear that Zhang knew one or more of the perpetrators.”
The men involved in the robbery have not been arrested or charged and it was unclear whether they were involved in the business, the newspaper reported.