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A Spencer, Massachusetts, firefighter accused of videotaping a nude woman in a tanning booth at the Guaranteed Fitness club on May 14 allegedly admitted the act, according to a Spencer Telegram & Gazette report. The suspect, Duane Stephens, allegedly said he was "sorry" and "words cannot express my apologies to the victim," in a voluntary statement to Spencer Police posted by the Telegram & Gazette. The victim allegedly saw a phone held above the wall from an adjacent tanning room and saw a man running from the room when she opened the door. She reported the incident to Guaranteed Fitness management, who contacted police and reviewed security camera footage and sign-in logs to identify Stephens as the suspect.
A man who was asked to leave the Milpitas Star Aquatics & Fitness in Milpitas, California, on two separate occasions May 4 returned a third time and allegedly attacked a club employee in the parking lot, according to a San Jose Mercury News report. The man, Louis Rodriguez Antangan, also allegedly vandalized another club employee's car with a hammer. He was arrested the week of May 9 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism.
Kent, Washington, police arrested a 44-year-old man related to the investigation of a fourth degree assault in a May 8 incident at a 24 Hour Fitness club, according to the Kent Reporter. The alleged incident occurred when the unnamed man inappropriately touched a woman who was with her young daughter in the hot tub. The woman allegedly left the hot tub with her daughter to inform an employee and called 911.
Flemington, New Jersey, police suspect an "East Coast gang" may be responsible for recent thefts from vehicles in a Planet Fitness parking lot, according to a TapintoFlemington/Raritan report. Police said the group could be working in Pennsylvania and Virginia as well.
A former Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center lifeguard in Upper St. Clair Township, Pennsylvania, has avoided jail time by pleading guilty to lesser charges in underage sex cases, according to The Pittsburgh Tribune. Michael Kelly, 30, had a consensual relationship with a 16-year-old lifeguard in 2012 and a sexual relationship with a different 16-year-old victim in 2011, according to a criminal complaint cited by the Tribune.
A retired mixed-martial arts fighter and former L.A. Fitness employee faces strangulation, attempted murder, assault and battery on a family member, assault, and resisting arrest charges in Massachusetts, according to a FOX 25 report. James Armato of Stoneham, Massachusetts, was arraigned in Malden District Court on Monday for allegedly beating his girlfriend, Gina Antonelli, after a car crash that occurred after celebrating Antonelli's birthday on a party bus in Boston. A GoFundMe page to support Antonelli was set up by her sisters.
Employees at the Riverwalk Recreation Center in Carlsbad, New Mexico, said that vandals threw rocks at the windows of the building, breaking 11 of them Thursday night and causing $4,500 worth of damage, according to the Carlsbad Current-Argus. The vandalism follows another incident in the area in which authorities found excrement at a nearby playground. In response, Carlsbad police have created a task force that concentrates on vandalism of city property.