A man's trip to a New York spa was anything but relaxing for the establishment's employees, after he brandished a hammer and punched an employee in the face after she refused to give him a refund.
The man, who is being sought by the New York City Police Department, had allegedly asked for a "happy ending" after getting a foot massage. When the employees refused, he got angry and demanded his money back, according to the New York Daily News.
Dramatic video released by police shows the unidentified, hammer-wielding man grabbing a 55-year-old woman by the arm as they stood in front of the counter at the Tao Spa Bodywork on Thursday night, before punching her in the face.
The employee fled to the back of the store and three other female employees confronted the man in the waiting area, police said in a statement.
The suspect continued the violent confrontation, grabbing a 56-year-old female employee by the throat and shoving her against a wall and then threatening the other two women with the hammer, police said.
The employees gave the man $40 to try to appease him, but he took his hammer and smashed a piggy bank sitting on the counter that held tips for the employees, police said. After stealing the women's tips, he left the store.
The employees were treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel.
Police are now asking for the public's help in identifying the man, who is described as a Hispanic male, between the ages of 20 and 30 years old, with black hair. According to police, he is about 5'6" tall and weighs 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded coat, dark colored jeans, tan work boats and was carrying a light colored backpack. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact police.
Employees who worked at other businesses in the area said they were shocked by the crime.
“It's really scary," Andy Chen, who works at a restaurant next door told the Daily News. “The man is insane. It's crazy. He's violent.”
[Photo: NYPD Crime Stoppers]
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