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Police investigate robbery of massage business

Police are still investigating the armed robbery of a local massage business that occurred on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Two men carrying semi-automatic handguns robbed Anna's Massage on Vallejo Street just before 10 p.m., according to police. They held up the employees of the massage parlor, took valuables like jewelry and watches from them, and ransacked other rooms before they fled.

Police have shared few details of the case's development since then, as the investigation is ongoing, although Lt. Tim Lyons did say that one suspect had been identified.

Anna's Massage is located in a residential area on the 300 block of Vallejo street, and at first glance appears more like a home than a business, with no signs visibly advertising massage services.

When asked about previous incidents that may have occurred at the business, Lt. Tim Lyons said that the police department has received complaints in the past over vehicle and foot traffic around the business, though he's not aware of recent complaints.

He added that a code enforcement officer is investigating whether the business has committed any municipal code violations.

When the Argus-Courier searched for information on the massage parlor on the Internet, a listing for an "Anna's Massage" in Petaluma did appear on MyRedbook.com, a website that describes itself as a premier adult entertainment community. But the business did not appear on other sites advertising "erotic massage," while eight other local businesses did.

During the robbery, one man entered first, pretending to be a client, then brandished his weapon. Another man joined him at that point.

They are believed to have fled in a vehicle. Nobody was harmed, say police.

One robber was described as a thin adult man, about 6 feet tall and black, with chest-length braided hair. He was said to be wearing a cream-colored zip-up long sleeved collared shirt and blue jeans. The other suspect was described as a heavy-set adult man, Asian, somewhere between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10 inches tall, and wearing a black jacket.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact Officer Art Farinha at 707-778-4372.

(Contact Jamie Hansen at jamie.hansen@arguscourier.com)


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