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A San Jose man has been arrested in connection with the March 9 armed robbery and sexual assault of a masseuse at a Palo Alto hotel, police said today. Palo Alto police served an arrest warrant on David Yi, 44, on Tuesday after the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office charged him with robbery, attempted robbery and forcible oral copulation, police said. Officers delivered the warrant while Yi was in the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose where Palo Alto police had him booked Friday on two other felony warrants, police said.
On March 9, a person contacted a woman who had placed an online advertisement for massages and the two agreed to meet at a guest room in the Glass Slipper Inn at 3941 El Camino Real, police said. After they entered the room, the suspect produced a knife, ordered her to hand over all of her money and then forced the woman to participate in a sex act, police said. The suspect left the room with the victim’s money and confronted a second woman sitting in a chair outside, brandished a knife and demanded money.
The woman replied that she had no money and the suspect fled on foot. On Friday, Palo Alto police arrested Yi in the 3300 block of Cropley Avenue in San Jose on outstanding warrants for alleged assault with a deadly weapon in San Jose and a probation violation out of Santa Clara County, police said. Yi was on probation related to a prior conviction for possession of methamphetamine and being under the influence of narcotics, police said.
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