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Police say masseur assaulted sleeping customer

Police have arrested a man practicing massage in Mountain View for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman who fell asleep while on a massage table.

Police say the assault occurred at Relax Foot Massage at 127 East El Camino Real on Jan. 2 when the 29-year-old victim fell asleep on a massage table in an enclosed area. After an investigation that included a medical examination of the victim, police arrested 65-year-old Sunnyvale resident Tong "Tony" Zhao and booked him into county jail.

Police say the woman was not raped or hit, but suffered a "brief and quick" assault that was "still violent in the sense that it was unwanted and caused her some pain," said police spokesperson Liz Wylie.

"We find it hard to believe it's the first time he's done this," Wylie said, adding that he's been in Mountain View five years at the same location. "We're looking for anybody else who felt they were victimized."

Those who would like to step forward can do so by calling police at 650-903-6395

Police did not release Zhao's mug shot in case other victims come forward and need to identify him a line-up.

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Posted by BD
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

The headline should read "No Happy Ending for Sleeping Customer" I thought Massage Parlors were Banned in Mountain View along with Gambling and Pot Clubs?
Signed Confused...


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

@BD. You are indeed confussed. Foot massage places are normally legit and all over the place in the area ( look up happy feet for example). They are NOT where customers expect "happy endings". If you read, the woman was assaulted, not unhappy with expected service.


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Posted by BD
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I guess I have never been to a "foot massage" before... Where does the table come into play? Does one lie down for this procedure? Still confused... I am neither pro or con fwiw


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm

A "foot massage" is a bit of a misnomer, especially when you aren't aware of it. Foot Envy is the place I go and it is just north of San Antonio. A one hour foot message actually starts with your feet soaking for 20 minutes while you receive a massage of your legs and torso. You do not remove your clothing at any time.

After your feet have had a chance to soak, they get about 20 minutes (ish). You then flip over and have the back of your legs and torso worked on. Again, no clothing is removed. Total cost: $25 plus tip ($10).

You can, however, request more extensive/focalized massages that utilize a private room. I suspect that is the environment this occurred in, however to be fair I have never been to the establishment at the address listed in this story.


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Posted by Foot masage fan
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

This makes no sense. Liz Wylie said "We find it hard to believe it's the first time he's done this," Wylie said, adding that he's been in Mountain View five years at the same location. "

Which location is she referring to? He lives in Sunnyvale and that business has only been open for about 6 months so how could have been in Mtn View at the same location for 5 years???


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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Liz Wylie is speaking out of turn. He hasn't had a trial yet. What happened to "presumption of innocence"?


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