Robbers force Kips Bay spa worker into back room

Oct3 Kips Bay robbery suspects

Two of the robbery suspects

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for three men who forced a spa worker into a back room during a robbery.

On Thursday at 4 a.m. the robbers strolled into Wood Spa at 133 Lexington Avenue at East 29th Street where a 30-year-old woman was working. Despite the early hour, they were able to enter the business by posing as customers, police said. However, the men then started asking for money and opening drawers. After snatching the employee’s cell phone, they forced her into a back room. It isn’t known if they took anything else before fleeing the scene. Police said the victim had bruising but no serious injuries.

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A phone number for the business had no option to leave a message when Town & Village called.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at

Nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Pair charged with robberies at 16th St. spa

Spring Garden Spa (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested two people and are looking for a third in connection with multiple robberies that took place at an East 16th Street spa since the end of April.

Police said that 20-year-old Shaquasha Goldstein and 33-year-old Eric Dineen, who were caught outside the Papaya Dog at 239 First Avenue last Saturday at 6:43 p.m., allegedly used deception to get inside the Spring Garden Spa at 344 East 16th Street, west of First Avenue, on multiple occasions to steal cash from the register.

Police said that Dineen and the person who wasn’t arrested rang the bell at the business on Friday, May 4 at 10:30 p.m.

When the victim answered the door, Dineen allegedly pushed the employee to get inside with Goldstein and the third person. Police said there is video surveillance of Dineen entering the business.

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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.

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Teen nabbed in connection with brutal robbery at Kips Bay spa

The suspect allegedly punched a woman and tried to make her strip.

The suspect allegedly punched a woman and tried to make her strip.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested an 18-year-old suspect in connection with the robbery at a Kips Bay spa at the end of last month.

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct, told neighborhood residents at the community council meeting this week that the teen is suspected in a number of other robberies, and he was caught by officers on patrol while committing a robbery in the 46th precinct in the Bronx. Timoney said that the suspect never showed a gun during any of the robberies but told all the victims that he was armed when demanding cash.

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