Authorities sought the public's help Wednesday in identifying a man seen on surveillance video robbing a woman at gunpoint inside a Santa Ana massage parlor.
The incident happened around 10:53 p.m. Monday at So Relax Day Spa on West McFadden Avenue, according to Santa Ana police.
The assailant was a customer who received two massages before returning for a third time saying he was looking for his phone, the massage parlor's owner, Yuneng Wong, told KTLA.
The Police Department released footage from inside the massage parlor, showing a man striking Wong on the head with a handgun multiple times, pulling the woman's hair and strangling her. The victim said the man fled the business after she gave him $250.
Wong, who sustained substantial injuries on her head, said she reported the incident to authorities soon after.
Police described the assailant as a Hispanic man between 22 to 28 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing around 160 pounds. He's believed to have short black hair, a medium complexion and a tattoo on his right forearm.
The surveillance video shows the man wearing a black t-shirt, gray sweatpants and black shoes with white soles. Police said he fled in a red Toyota Camry.
Anyone with information can call 714-245-8362, email DGreaver@santa-ana.org or contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.