The woman fought “in every ounce of her power” in a deadly armed robbery


January 28-When hearing some armed robbery at a local massage company, Rod Hongstein and Shikai Fang sat down and strategiced what to do if her store was targeted. ..

First, Fang — 5 feet, 5 inches, 105 pounds — tries to run. If that doesn’t work, she will give the robber cash, electronics, whatever they want.

“If that doesn’t work, we have a gun in the store and will only use it if she’s 100% sure she’ll kill her,” said Fang’s best friend Hong. Stein told the journal.

After all, the 45-year-old seems to have fought like hell.

Growing up in a poor Chinese village and becoming a successful entrepreneur in Albuquerque, Fang died Monday night in a gun battle with an 18-year-old armed robber at a massage spa in northeastern Albuquerque. The suspect’s archer, Jorge Rivera Ramirez, is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds at the hospital. His accomplice is still loose.

According to police, surveillance videos showed Rivera Ramirez paying her fangs for a massage and then forcing her to shoot a gun and open the accomplice’s door. Fang tried to run, but Rivera Ramirez was dragging her to the back office with her hair.

The video was cut, but the detective believes Fang gave the man $ 500 before he recovered the gun and fired at Rivera Ramirez. They say evidence showed that Rivera Ramirez struck another room and killed her before shooting back at Fang.

Hongstein said he was the first person in the Wonderful Massage Spa after the police left.

“I can’t believe what I saw in this store, that is, it was a complete devastation,” he said. “And this woman fought with all the ounces of her power to survive.”

Hongstein said Fang recently made a close call for an attempted rape, shortly after which videos of armed robbery at other spas circulated among Asian business owners. He “very cooperated” when police chief Harold Medina spoke long with him and explained the current danger posed by Hongstein to Asian businesses and his resistance to talking to the police. It was a target. “

Albuquerque police say the similarities in the case, especially the disabling of security cameras, could lead to a series of two robbers at an Asian massage company in the city.

Gilbert Gallegos, an APD spokesman, declined to answer questions about the investigation.

Another Asian-owned massage spa owner told the journal that he knew more than 20 such businesses had been robbed in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, but whether they were all connected or not. It is unknown. A broken English-speaking woman heard about the incident from another business owner and told her to call the police.

A woman who worked at an Asian spa massage in East Central said she had been robbed twice and four times since July. She said in July she was robbed by two men with guns. They had her phone, driver’s license, bank card, and the little money she had. A second time, a few months ago, she said it was a man with a gun and she was able to escape.

“If there are too many massage shops, the robbers will go inside and rob them two or three times,” the woman said. “Now it’s very, very dangerous.”

Honstein said Fang, whose name is pronounced Suwayfon, lived an amazing life with “the most difficult beginning a person can have.”

He said she was raised by a self-sufficient farmer in a small village in Hubei Province, China. The house had a soil floor with no electricity or water. According to Hongstein, Fang moved to Shanghai after her second year of middle school, by her early thirties she had moved to the United States, and she had to “completely talk” in English without formal education. became.

Almost 30 years old, Hongstein said he met Fang in 2017 and offered to help him learn Mandarin for a planned trip to Asia. By that time, she owned her own home, car, and a thriving business. It boasts many Yelp reviews of people who thank her for healing her sciatica and sports injuries.

Hongstein said the pair found a bond that they couldn’t expect “a million years later.”

“We were just on the same page,” Hongstein said. “… I mean, our culture is very different and our background is very different, but it was a really wonderful, wonderful friendship.”

He said Fang is an excellent photographer with a beautiful singing voice, even when untrained, and one of the smartest people he has met in his “thirst for knowledge.” When the pandemic closed her business, she started hiking because of Hongstein’s disadvantage.

“She wasn’t going to sit, so she said,” We’re going to hike. ” And that was almost my death, but I managed to catch up, “said 72. The pair has accumulated hundreds of miles on trips around the Grand Canyon, Mount Elbert and New Mexico.

Hongstein said he didn’t have enough adjectives to describe his friend.

“She was extraordinary in every way, and I think she’s so beautiful on the outside because she’s so beautiful on the inside,” he said.

Recently, Hongstein said Fang was talking about getting out of the massage business. He said she helped her improve her English reading comprehension and financial knowledge. He was excited to see her flowers.

“We talked about strategies for aging gracefully and healthily. This woman was just getting started,” said Hongstein. “She was excited to see where I went and she soon left.”