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2 men charged with assaulting, holding women at gunpoint at Tacoma massage parlor

Sep 16, 2023, 11:10 AM | Updated: 11:19 am

Image: A Tacoma Police Department vehicle is seen on a street....

A Tacoma Police Department vehicle is seen on a street. (Image courtesy of KIRO 7)

(Image courtesy of KIRO 7)

Two men are accused of entering a Tacoma massage parlor, forcing multiple female employees into a back room, and assaulting them before leaving with cash.

The incident happened at a business in the 6500 block of Pacific Ave last month.

The suspects were charged Thursday with robbery, unlawful imprisonment, and assault.

Police said the men were armed and held the employees at gunpoint while they searched for money.

The suspects then violently dragged the women by their hair and assaulted them before leaving.

Police believe the pair were also responsible for another takeover robbery that happened later that night. That happened at another massage parlor in the 13400 block of Pacific Ave.

Police also found a car that was also stolen during the crime.

Other crime news: 18-year-old Tacoma woman intentionally set on fire, police say; investigation goes on

The Special Investigations Unit and SWAT took two adult males into custody Sept. 11 following an investigation.

“It is very rare that you see this kind of activity. You don’t see armed robbery at these parlors,” Sergeant Darren Moss Jr., a public information officer for Pierce County, told KIRO 7.

Contributing: KIRO 7

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