Police have accused a 36-year-old man of assaulting and pointing a gun at the owner of a spa after she refused to have sex with him while giving him a massage.
Investigators also said the man, David Larry Williams of 6024 Stratton Place, later broke into the business and stole information about its clients, according to a series of search warrants filed Monday at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.
Police say that on June 3 at about 11:30 a.m., Williams walked into Eden Relaxation & Alternative Healing at 5856 Faringdon Place. According to Raleigh detective M. Harmon, Williams was a former client of the spa owner, Melissa Ann Savani. Savani describes herself as a “relaxation therapist,” according to the spa’s website.
The business was closed, but Williams walked in and “immediately began yelling and cursing at Ms. Savani,” Harmon stated in the search warrant.
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Savani, who is 42, called 911 while Williams was leaving. She followed after him to get a description of the vehicle he was driving or his tag number. Savani told police that Williams then pulled a handgun from a holster and pointed it at her, Harmon stated.
When police arrived at the business they found in the parking lot a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado registered to Williams. The officers then went to his home and spotted him running from behind the residence. He did not comply with the officers’ orders to stop running during a foot chase. He instead got behind the wheel of his mother’s 2010 Ford Focus and sped off, Harmon stated.
Williams reportedly ran from police and Johnston County sheriff’s deputies a second time on June 5 in Johnston County, Harmon reported in the search warrant.
Savani showed detectives several emails and texts she had exchanged with Williams.
Williams was charged with assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, felony breaking and entering, resisting an officer and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to arrest records at the county clerk’s office.
“He had become upset because, according to Ms. Savani, he had recently learned she was engaged. According to Ms. Savani, he was also upset because she had refused to provide sexual services during a recent massage with Mr. Williams.”
The spa owner told police that Williams grabbed her by the arm and threw her across the lobby area of the business, where she landed in a chair. Williams aggressively approached Savani a second time, but the spa owner was able to kick him away from her, Harmon reported.
“Ms. Savani also acknowledged providing sexual services during her therapy services to include masturbation of her clients and other fondling and other erotic touchings of her clients’ genitals and other areas,” Harmon stated in a search warrant application.
Williams was released from custody at the Wake County jail on June 10 after he posted a $150,000 bond, a jail spokeswoman reported Monday afternoon.
Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @thomcdonald