Man 'Expecting Something More' at Massage Parlor Takes Hostage

By Serena Dai and Erin Meyer  on December 2, 2012 10:44am  | Updated on December 3, 2012 9:06am

 Byron K. Moore, 49, was arrested and charged after allegedly taking a masseuse hostage.
Byron K. Moore, 49, was arrested and charged after allegedly taking a masseuse hostage.
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MCKINLEY PARK — A convicted sex offender who took a masseuse hostage Friday was "expecting something more" than just a massage, the spa building's manager said.

A woman working at Archer Spa in the 3100 block of South Archer Avenue was taken hostage by a client Friday about 7:30 p.m., building manager Stephen Tang said. The man allegedly demanded his money back when he realized he wasn't going to get any sexual favors from the woman.

"He was expecting something," said Tang, who was called in to translate for the police. "The girl refused."

The man was "disgruntled" when he entered the business, police said. He allegedly attempted to rob three women before taking a 40-year-old woman into a back room and sexually abusing her.

Byron K. Moore, 49, of the 16200 block of South Laflin Street in Markham, was arrested and charged with attempted robbery, unlawful restraint, criminal sexual abuse, attempted criminal sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping, according to police. 

Moore is a registered sex offender who was convicted of criminal sexual assault in 1999, prosecutors said during a Sunday bond hearing.

A neighbor, a suburban police officer, called police when he realized something was going on in the business, Tang said. Chicago Police and a Special Weapons and Tactics team arrived shortly after and asked neighbors to evacuate.

Moore allegedly blocked the door to the back room using a massage table and began kissing the victim's face and touching her, prosecutors said Sunday. Police forced their way into the room, where they found Moore with no pants. They used a stun gun to subdue him and took him to Mercy Hospital, prosecutors said.

The woman who was taken hostage had a cut on her head and small bruises on her elbows and knees, Tang said. Other employees were not hurt.

An owner of a nearby business who asked not to be named said many massage parlors along Archer Avenue have reputations for allowing prostitution, but the Archer Spa only offers massages.

"[Massage parlors are] often misunderstood, especially this one," the business owner said. "They're legit. But I can understand how they can be targets if they get the wrong kind of clientele."

Moore was ordered held on $1.2 million bond.

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