Suspected massage parlor robber found, arrested

Detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station say they have found the suspect they believe robbed a Newhall massage parlor last month. Photo courtesy of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

The suspect in a massage parlor robbery case was identified and taken into custody by deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Thursday.

Newhall resident Louie Gonzalez, 22, of Newhall was arrested on suspicion of robbing the Red Lantern Massage parlor on the 24000 block of Railroad Avenue.

In order to find Gonzalez, SCV Sheriff’s Station officials used social media to put the suspect’s description out there, hoping someone in the community would be able to identify him.

“Within hours of the social media posts, tips came rolling in,” said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman with the SCV Sheriff’s Station. “Detectives worked through the tips, and he was arrested around noon (Thursday).”

The reported incident took place at the Newhall business on June 27 at around 1:40 p.m..

Gonzalez allegedly walked in, received a massage, and when it came time to make a payment, decided to use a credit card, but there was a problem with the card, according to law enforcement officials.

“He was attempting to make payment but then lifted his shirt, revealing the butt of a handgun, and robbed the business,” said a press release distributed by sheriff’s officials on Wednesday.

He was being held Thursday at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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