Police: Man impersonates FBI agent at Rehoboth spa

March 21, 2014

A 35-year-old Laurel man faces kidnapping, criminal impersonation of a police officer and other charges after police say he visited the Sunshine Spa in Rehoboth Beach and insisted on a sexual service.

Matthew T. Hudson made a 10 p.m. massage appointment at the spa in the Camelot Shopping Center, 19470 Coastal Highway. While receiving the massage, he asked the 44-year-old masseuse to perform a sexual act, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

When the woman refused, Fournier said, Hudson pulled out a badge and told her he was an FBI agent. The victim refunded Hudson's money, but he proceeded to argue with her, pushing her into a wall and preventing her from leaving the massage room, Fournier said.

A second woman entered the room, and Hudson threw her on the floor and physically restrained her, Fournier said. The two women eventually escaped the room, left the building and drove away in a vehicle. Hudson left the building and followed them in his vehicle, Fournier said.

The women, who do not speak fluent English, called a friend in New York who in turn called 911 to report the incident. The friend told police the women were in the parking lot of Wawa near Dartmouth Drive in Lewes. Police had a description of Hudson's vehicle, and they stopped him in the Midway Outlet Shopping Center parking lot, Fournier said.

Police found Hudson with a police badge and two sets of handcuffs – one set was left at the spa, Fournier said.

Hudson was charged with second-degree kidnapping, criminal impersonation of a police officer, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault, third-degree criminal solicitation, offensive touching and criminal mischief. He was released on $23,200 unsecured bond.

The two women had minor injuries but required no medical attention.

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