By Madina Toure
FLUSHING — An Auburndale man was arrested after police said he allegedly assaulted a 40-year-old woman at a massage parlor in Flushing earlier this month.
At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, the man, identified as Eddie Yagual, 35, was taken into custody, a police spokeswoman said.
He was charged with assault, robbery and a sexually motivated felony, according to the criminal complaint filed by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
On Saturday, Jan. 16, around 9:15 p.m. Yagual entered the parlor, the policespokeswoman said. He asked the woman, if he could charge his iPhone in the shop, she continued.
Yagual then allegedly attempted to rape the victim in the bathroom, cut her face and bit her neck, the spokeswoman added. Police could not confirm if the victim was employed by the massage parlor.
A verbal dispute occurred and he allegedly struck her multiple times in the face with an unknown object, causing lacerations to her forehead and her nose, the spokeswoman said.
A struggle ensued over her purse, which he ended up taking forcibly, stealing about $400 to $500 in cash, police said.
The suspect then fled northbound on Queens Boulevard, the spokeswoman said.