By CHRIS EBERHART
Eastchester Police Depart-ment cuffed two masseuses in an Eastchester foot spa after the two women provided more than just foot rubs. The alleged illegal operation was also being run out of a storefront just across the street from the police station.
Eastchester Police Chief Tim–othy Bonci said two Flus-hing women Lili Chen, 34, and Ruqin He, 38, were arrested late evening on Jan. 23 in a prostitution bust in Eastchester.
According to Bonci, the two women were “giving illegal mas-sages” in the back of Andy’s Foot Spa, located at 20 Mill Road, which is just across the street and a few storefronts away from the Eastchester Police Department
Giuollo Darmetta, owner of Teresa’s Bakery, 23 Mill Road, which is across the street from the foot spa in question, said the police were “really discrete” about making the arrest, but he was surprised prostitutes would be operating in a business so close to the police station.
“I didn’t even know about the arrest until after, but I was really surprised,” Darmetta said. “Right across the street from the police station? Are you kidding me?”
Bonci said the Eastchester Police Department received information about the illegal services “a short while ago,” but did not specify when. He said Eastchester coordinated with Westchester County police during the investigation, which utilized two undercover officers.
The chief said he’s not surprised by the arrest given the business they were operating out of, but he said it’s important to crack down on such practices.
“From time to time businesses of this type open, and usually shortly thereafter we will receive information advising us of the illegal activity,” Bonci said. “Our Detective Division will imm-ediately investigate the complaints, and the department and the town are aggressive addressing the issue, hopefully discouraging establishments of this type from operating in Eastchester.”
Both women were charged with prostitution, a misdemeanor, and unauthorized practice of a profession, a felony.
Charles John, owner of Nuts for Yogurt, 18 Mill Road, loca-ted next to the foot spa, said he had his suspicions but he “figured it was legit after he saw men and women coming out of there.”
“I had my suspicions, but I didn’t want to make any judgments. I’ve sent women in there and said to report back, and they said it was fine, so I figured it was legit,” John said. “But I was definitely surprised to hear about it. I mean there are cops that come in here all the time getting yogurt.”