Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 24 May 2019

Trio jailed for armed raid on Dubai massage parlour

Men shouted 'mobiles, mobiles' at frightened staff as they demanded possessions

Three men will each serve two years in jail for raiding a massage parlour and stealing mobile phones and a laptop from the women that worked there.

The Pakistanis, aged 21, 19, and 21, forced their way into the premises in Bur Dubai and snatched two iPhones, two Samsung phones and a laptop.

They threatened the masseuses with a knife before they dragged one of them, a Filipina, 34, by her arm, then beat her up.

The incident unfolded on November 14 last year.

“We were reviewing the records when the three stormed in. One of them dragged me from my desk, then my colleagues and I were confined in one of the rooms,” said one of the women.

A Thai masseuse, 33, also told prosecutors that she was in the restroom when she heard screams. When she rushed to see what was happening, she was confronted by a man holding a knife.

She said the men were shouting “mobiles, mobiles”.

When a colleague on the second floor was heard coming down the stairs, the men fled the centre.

They were arrested when police identified one of them with a fingerprint left on a door knob.

The men were convicted of armed robbery and physical assault.

Updated: November 2, 2017 02:53 PM