Four men were arrested outside a massage parlor in Holtsville Wednesday after police said they solicited a plainclothes officer - as other police officers were removing massage equipment from the building following a prostitution bust.
Suffolk County police said the men believed the officer was a prostitute.
The bizarre incident occurred after police arrested four women on prostitution-related charges at Oriental Massage at 1033 Waverly Ave. in Holtsville Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Police said while officers were at the scene, four men approached the plainclothes officer, believing she was a prostitute.
"They solicited to engage in a sexual act for a fee and continued to do so as officers were carrying seized massage equipment out of the building," police said in a statement.
A 45-year-old man from Patchogue, a 43-year-old from Point Lookout, a Centereach man, 44, and a 48-year-old man from Selden were arrested. All were charged with third-degree patronizing a prostitute, police said Thursday.
All four men were issued field appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear in First District Court in Central Islip on Jan. 25, police said.
The raid on Oriental Massage followed a monthlong investigation by Sixth Precinct Crime Section officers.
Police said a search warrant was executed at the location and four employees of the massage parlor were arrested.
Also arrested at the massage parlor were three Flushing women, ages 30, 44 and 46, and a Holtsville woman, 42. The 46-year-old Flushing woman was charged with third-degree promoting prostitution and one count of criminal nuisance. The others were charged with unauthorized practice of massage therapy without a license and prostitution.
All four are scheduled for arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Central Islip.