First Ave. spa employee accused of molesting woman

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 54-year-old man after he allegedly groped and tried to kiss a woman during a massage the Angel Hands Salon at 277 First Avenue.

The 29-year-old victim said she was assaulted by the masseur in the salon across from Stuyvesant Town. The New York Post first reported that Xiagliu Zang was arrested for the incident on Saturday. He was charged with forcible touching and sex abuse.

The victim told police that while Zang was performing the massage, he allegedly began to touch her breast forcibly while massaging them, and police said that he also put his mouth on her and forcibly began to suck on her breast. Zang also allegedly kissed her on the lips while allegedly putting his hand in the victim’s underwear between her legs without her consent.

The victim said that when she tried to get off the massage table, Zang allegedly took her hand and put it over his crotch.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Zang was also not licensed to practice massage and did not have a massage therapy license as required by New York State. He was additionally charged with unauthorized practice of a profession.

When called for comment, an employee at Angel Hands told Town & Village, “I only speak Chinese,” before hanging up. Zang’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.

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