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Man lured for a massage, beaten and robbed

Suspect, 3 runaways confined man in hotel room, beat him, stole Dh30,000 using his credit card

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Dubai: A visitor has been accused of luring a businessman to have a massage from a woman in a hotel room, where he beat him and stole his credit card.

The Turkish businessman was said to have come across an advertisement on social media promoting massage services in a hotel room in Dubai in July.

The man called up the advertised number and went to the hotel room for massage, according to records.

Once he entered the room, three men and a woman [the supposed masseuse] greeted him and then they ganged up against him, beat him up and tied him to a chair, said records.

The men took the Turkish man’s wallet and stole his credit card, that they used to withdraw Dh30,000 from his account.

The Turkish man was left confined in the room until police were called to the hotel.

Primary interrogations led to the arrest of a 30-year-old Nigerian visitor, who had been identified from the passport that the culprits had used to make a room reservation at the hotel.

Prosecutors accused the 30-year-old visitor and three other suspects, who remain at large, of confining the businessman, assaulting and stealing his credit card. They were also charged with using his credit card to steal Dh30,000.

The 30-year-old suspect pleaded not guilty when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday.

Records said the woman communicated with the businessman and enticed him to come to the hotel room in Al Barsha for massage.

An Egyptian manager told prosecutors that the suspect and one of the absconders used their passports to book a hotel room.

A police captain told prosecutors: “We were notified about a problem that had taken place at the hotel. When we arrived to the hotel, we discovered that the businessman had been assaulted and locked up in the room. The latter was rushed to the hospital because he had several injuries.” In his police statement, the Turkish man said that he was confined in the room and beaten and robbed.

Presiding judge Urfan Omar said the court will appoint a lawyer to defend the suspect when it reconvenes on January 25.