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Suspect arrested for raping Northern Boulevard spa worker

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Updated Friday, March 6, 2:32 p.m.

Police have arrested a man for allegedly raping a Queens spa worker at gunpoint last month after booking an appointment at an unlicensed massage parlor.

Luis Jessup, a 37-year-old College Point resident, has been charged with rape, criminal sex act, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon in the Feb. 21 attack, authorities said.

According to police, Jessup entered the facility, located on Northern Boulevard near Marathon Parkway, at about 7:30 a.m. that day armed with what appeared to be a gun.

He had an appointment scheduled, and when he arrived he took out the weapon and raped the employee, a 42-year-old woman, on a massage table in a rear room of the spa, prosecutors said.

Jessup’s arrest follows the release of video footage last week showing the suspect at the spa the morning of the rape.

Jessup, who faces up to 25 years in prison, is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. His next court date is March 20.


Woman raped inside Northern Boulevard spa: NYPD

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A 42-year-old woman was raped inside a Northern Boulevard spa on Saturday after a man walked into the facility armed with a gun, police said.

The rape happened about 7:30 a.m. at a spa located within the 111th Precinct, which covers Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Fresh Meadows.

The suspect had an appointment scheduled for that morning and when he arrived he took out a gun and raped the victim in a rear room of the spa, authorities said. It wasn’t clear if the victim was an employee.

Police have released video footage of the suspect and describe him as in his 20s, 6 to 6 feet 2 inches tall, heavy set, light skinned and with a chin strap style beard.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.



Popular tween spa launches in Middle Village

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Young girls can now get special makeovers in Middle Village.

Seriously Spoiled, a salon and spa that targets tweens, had a soft opening on Feb. 15 of its new location on Metropolitan Avenue near 75th Street, which is also its first store in New York City.

“Middle Village is a good core neighborhood. There is a lot of foot traffic. The [Metropolitian] Avenue is really busy,” Seriously Spoiled owner Lisa Falco said.

Falco, a former sales director for cosmetics company Mary Kay, and her sister started the business six years ago after Falco’s daughter wanted to go to a spa for her birthday with friends.

The pair made a makeshift spa in Falco’s basement and realized the demand for a tween salon. Just half a dozen years later the Falcos now have three locations, with two others in Suffolk County.

The parties at the salons are dedicated to making the girls feel like princesses. Seriously Spoiled offers six different party packages, where tweens can throw two-hour private celebrations. Some packages include manicures, pedicures, chocolate facials, hair styling and other services, with prices ranging from $495 to $719 for eight to 10 guests.

All packages include special invitations, a tiara for birthday girls, sparkling pink lemonade, karaoke, and of course – a red carpet runway show to conclude.

“This is a place you can take them for just a special occasion or just because they want to get their nails done,” Falco said. “It builds confidence in young ladies, it teaches them how to take care of their hair and get a manicure. It’s all fun. And it teaches them good hygiene.”

For additional fees customers can order white or pink limousine service and massage therapy, among other services. Besides private parties the salon offers walk-in services and day packages, and has Seriously Spoiled clothes and other products for sale.

Falco said the Middle Village salon has already started hosting parties and has girls booked through April for their private room. Seriously Spoiled has also been a good business neighbor for Middle Village. The store has already hired 10 residents and has struck a deal with nearby Carlo’s Pizzeria to provide food for the girls after their parties.

The Falcos are planning to host an official grand opening of the salon in March with special deals.

For more information visit seriouslyspoiledsalonandspa.com




Spa architect carries on, despite BP’s rejection

| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Some College Point locals are closer to relaxing, as plans for a spa in their neighborhood have been rejected by the borough president.

After weeks of contemplation, BP Helen Marshall threw out the proposal to construct a luxury spa at the corner of 31st Avenue and the Whitestone Expressway.

According to Marshall’s office, the Beep opposed the idea because of a probable increase in “vehicular trips” to and from the site. Parking is also an issue – street parking is prohibited in the building’s vicinity, and the potential lot is not large enough to hold the expected number of automobiles. Officials also allege that the current parking lot blueprints could create situations where vehicles must wait to enter and exit the premises.

Architect and engineer H. Irving Sigman, who submitted the request for the spa’s building permit, is hopeful that the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) will rule in favor of the spa. Since the borough president announced her decision, Sigman hired a parking consultant to amend and restructure the lot’s layout.

Anticipated to create two-and-a-half times more tax revenue than currently generated in College Point, the spa was to be installed in a previously-existing structure. It would potentially have various amenities, including a rooftop pool, a yoga studio, a beauty salon and food store.

In October, Community Board 7 voted overwhelmingly against the project, with 25 members against and only five in favor, leaving Marshall to review the situation. The Board cited several reasons for disapproval, including construction of the rooftop pool, the structure’s need for an enhanced foundation and the builder’s lack of experience.

Regardless of Marshall’s ruling, the BSA is responsible for making the final decision.