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Police Continue Investigation into Violent Massage Parlor Rape



    (Published Monday, Nov. 18, 2013)

    Police continue to investigate a rape from more than a year ago at a Greenwich Village massage parlor after determining that a man arrested for a rape in Queens wasn't a suspect in the Manhattan rape.

    The August 2012 rape inside the Body Work massage business at 85 Washington Place drew attention for the violent images seen in a surveillance video released by investigators. The video showed a man dragging a 41-year-old worker down a hallway before he allegedly beat her face and body until she passed out.

    The man then sexually assaulted her and stole property from the business before running away, police said.

    Police thought they had a suspect after a man was arrested and charged in the rape of another massage worker in Flushing, Queens. But it turned out they had the wrong man, and police say the suspect in the year-old case is still on the loose. 

    The attacker is described as about 20 to 25 years old, about 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a dark Kangol-style cap, a dark T-shirt, camouflage shorts and a backpack. 

    Police in the West Village are also still investigating a Halloween attack in which a Catholic center volunteer was raped at NYU by a man wearing a fedora hat. And in nearby Little Italy, the suspect in the rape of a mother sleeping next to her 7-year-old daughter is still being sought. 

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.