Press conference: Sex offender arrest
Man accused of raping massage employee.
A 30-year-old registered sex offender is accused of walking into a Naples massage business Monday, raping a woman at gunpoint and leaving her partially clothed in the downtown area.
Raymond Daniel Izquierdo of East Naples was arrested Wednesday two days after police say he robbed and sexually assaulted a woman at Asian Massage, 150 U.S. 41 N.
“Something this unique, I can’t recall (happening in the city of Naples),” said Detective Robert Young, the arresting officer. “I’ve been in this business 18 years and I can’t recall anything like this.”
According to the arrest report, Izquierdo entered the business around 2:20 p.m. Monday armed with a loaded semi-automatic assault rifle. He ordered the victim to retrieve money from a back room. Then, according to the arrest report, Izquierdo told her to disrobe. He threatened the woman to not call police or he would kill her.
Robert Jones, who owns Asian Massage, said his wife, a massage therapist, was working on Monday and witnessed the attack, which was also caught on the business’ surveillance system.
Jones’ wife and a customer sequestered themselves in another room during the assault and were unharmed, reports said. They said they heard the victim scream and tell Izquierdo “I’ll give you the money,” but then heard only silence.
During the attack the victim told Jones’ wife in Chinese, “Don’t call the police, he’s got a gun,” reports said.
At gunpoint, Izquierdo forced the victim to perform sex acts, the report said. Izquierdo began to kiss the victim and his mask fell off, revealing part of his face, reports said.
Izquierdo told the victim “he would have to kill her now that she’s seen his face,” Detective Young said at a news conference. But the victim convinced Izquierdo that she didn’t want to see his face and replaced the mask.
With the brief reveal of his face on the video, officers were able to positively identify Izquierdo from the sexual offenders registry.
After the attack Izquierdo drove the victim, who was still nude, to Eighth Avenue South near Cambier Park and told her to get out of his 2002 Mazda Tribute. As she got out, clad in a woman’s top and a man’s shirt — that Jones said was Izquierdo’s — some items fell out, including an access card to a yacht service company, where Izquierdo works.
The victim went to a real estate business on the 800 block of Fifth Avenue South and called Jones’ wife, who said her customer had called 911.
Jones said the victim, who is in her 40s, is recovering with friends. Young said she is traumatized and did not seek medical attention. Jones added that the victim is “mystified” and said she’d never before seen Izquierdo. She hasn’t returned to work, where she has been employed for a year.
“It’s so bizarre,” Jones said. “That guy was not thinking clearly. My wife’s purse was here, and he didn’t take that. He clearly had other plans.”
Izquierdo has a lengthy criminal record.
He was arrested in Okeechobee in 2000 for aggravated battery and again in 2001 for lewd and lascivious conduct on a victim under age 16. He served five years in the Hamilton Correctional Institution. He registered as a sexual predator on March 14, 2008.
He moved to Collier County in 2010. That same year he was arrested, accused of striking his wife in the face multiple times outside of a North Naples bar.
According to a neighbor, he, his wife and two children moved two weeks ago to the 1200 block of Pine Street. Each time a registered sex offender moves, he is required to re-register, in addition to registering every six months. According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, he last registered with them on June 5.
With the assistance of the Collier deputies, Izquierdo was arrested at his East Naples home and is facing felony charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, sexual battery and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Izquierdo’s wife told police she saw her husband trying to repair a loaded rifle on Monday afternoon that he said had jammed, reports said. She told officers the rifle was subsequently returned to the boat that Izquierdo had worked on.
She said her husband told her he “robbed a guy at the beach” that afternoon. She also gave officers his University of Miami ball cap and a shirt he was wearing on Monday.
Attempts to reach her for comment on Thursday were unsuccessful.
Since the attack, Jones said it’s been business as usual. He added the five independent contractors he employs are all licensed massage therapists who signed agreements to abide by all ethical practices of a massage business, which means not engaging in any sexual acts with the clients.
“We do our best to ensure that doesn’t happen here,” Jones said. “First of all, that’s illegal, and we want to make sure everyone feels safe. This is Naples, it’s a safe place.
“Doesn’t everyone just want to feel safe?”