OKLAHOMA CITY — A man apparently looking for a massage ended up beaten, tased and robbed in the metro this week. In this case, an internet ad ended with a black eye, swollen lip and police searching for four suspects.
The trouble started with a website called backspace.com and a request that went wrong.
OKC Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow says, “The man told officers that he had ordered, as he put it, some type of massage.”
Soon after, a woman called confirming she was on the way to his apartment in Southwest Oklahoma City.
Sgt. Wardlow says, “There were two females that showed up at his front door. He told them allegedly that he was no longer interested, that did not want their services.”
That’s when two men allegedly rushed into the room and insisted he pay.
Sgt. Wardlow says, “When he refused, these males assaulted him. They beat him pretty bad. They ended up robbing him and also tasing him, according to the report.”
The man called police and told them the suspects took $100 from his pocket.
He also said he would never have reported the robbery except the suspects took a laptop that belonged to a friend and he wanted to get it back.
The man did not have the serial number for the computer on hand when he spoke with police.
The phone number for the woman who called the victim on her way over to his home now answers, “The number you have dialed is not in service.”
Sgt. Wardlow says, “Anything like this we obviously discourage. Any time you don’t know somebody, no matter what the purpose is inviting them to your place, you don’t know who could possibly be coming to your house. We obviously discourage that.”
This is a situation that could be much more of a problem than we know about.
Cases like this are almost never reported.