Police have arrested a Delaware man for allegedly soliciting a spa worker for sex, then impersonating an FBI agent and assaulting her when she refused.
Thirty-five-year-old Matthew Hudson, of Laurel, was taken into custody Thursday.
Police said Hudson went to the Sunshine Spa in Rehoboth Beach around 10 p.m. to get a massage. As Hudson was receiving the rubdown, he allegedly asked the 44-year-old female masseuse to perform a sex act.
When the woman told him the establishment didn’t provide sexual services, Hudson insisted, flashing a badge and telling her he was an FBI agent, investigators said. The masseuse refunded Hudson’s money.
Police said an argument erupted, during which Hudson pushed the woman into a wall and refused to let her leave the room. When a second female employee entered, Hudson allegedly threw her to the ground and pinned her there.
The two women were eventually allowed to leave. They quickly ran from the building, got into their car and drove away, according to investigators.
But Hudson allegedly also left the business and began following the women in his own vehicle.
The women then called a male friend in New York, who, in turn, reported the incident to the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center.
Police said that, due to a language barrier, the man acted as the women’s translator and relayed information to responding troopers. Police found the victims in the parking lot of a Wawa in Lewes, according to authorities.
A description of Hudson’s vehicle was broadcast over police radio, and a trooper stopped the car in the parking lot of the Midway Outlet Shopping Center. Police said he was taken into custody there without incident.
Hudson was allegedly found to be in possession of a police badge and two sets of handcuffs, one of which was left behind at the spa.
Police said the two women suffered minor injuries but didn’t request immediate medical attention.
Hudson was arraigned on charges of second-degree kidnapping, criminal impersonation of a police officer, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault, third-degree criminal solicitation, offensive touching and criminal mischief.
He was released on $23,200 unsecured bond and ordered to have no contact with the victims or business.
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