Businessman went for massage at hotel where suspects confined and robbed him at knifepoint
Dubai: Two jobless women have been accused of luring a businessman for a massage and stealing his Dh100,000 at knifepoint after confining him in a hotel room.
The Russian businessman was said to have been searching for a massage service on a dating app and came across a WhatsApp number promoting massage in a hotel in Al Barsha.
After he communicated with a woman [who is believed to have created a profile on the app] via WhatsApp, the Russian headed to the hotel and went up to the third-floor room.
When he knocked on the door, a woman opened and invited him inside, according to records, before another woman jumped from behind the door and they locked him inside.
The two Nigerian women, aged 32 and 33, pointed a knife at the businessman’s neck and coerced him to give them his bag.
The two women stole Dh100,000 in cash after they threatened to kill the Russian and kept him locked up for a while and then released him.
The businessman reported the matter to the police once they let him go.
Police apprehended the two women.
Prosecutors charged the suspects with confining the businessman, robbing him at knifepoint and threatening to kill him. The 33-year-old suspect was solely charged with using someone else’s passport and submitting it to the police and giving a wrong name during an official investigation.
The two suspects pleaded not guilty when they appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Tuesday.
“No, we did not do so,” the 33-year-old suspect told presiding judge Mohammad Jamal.
A police lieutenant testified to prosecutors that the suspects lured the businessman for a massage and provided him with the address.
“The Russian claimed the suspects pointed a knife at his neck and threatened to kill him if he didn’t give them his money. The suspects let the businessman go once he gave them his bag that contained Dh100,000 in cash. Preliminary investigation revealed that the 32-year-old suspect had rented the hotel room … the latter was apprehended from another hotel on Shaikh Zayed Road. The 33-year-old was arrested a few days later and she provided us with a Nigerian passport that belonged to someone else,” the lieutenant claimed to prosecutors.
The court will appoint a lawyer to defend the suspects when it reconvenes on June 12.