Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Florida: Miami Beach PD Releases Surveillance Video of Rape Suspect at South Beach Hotel

According to http://www.wsvn.com, Miami Beach Police Department have released surveillance video of a suspect accused of sexually assaulting then robbing a woman inside the Breakwater Hotel (Ocean Drive and Ninth Street) during the early morning hours of September 6.

The alleged victim was reportedly a woman from Switzerland who had entered the hotel's elevator. The apparent assailant got into the elevator after the victim and said, "Oh, I'm going to the same floor you're going to."

Subsequently, both the victim and the assailant got off on the victim's floor at which point he overpowered her, forced her to her guest room, sexually assaulted her and robbed her of her money. He then reportedly fled the scene.

COMMENT: Authorities said the subject is described as a black male is his 20s, standing approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds. Also, the subject had a cursive letter tattoo on his upper left chest.

Generally speaking, and particularly during early morning hours, guests should quickly step out of a ground-level elevator, particularly if a suspicious person makes a statement that he is going to the same floor as a guest. 

Obviously the assailant was not a guest of the hotel.

A key crime-prevention factor at hotels is always preventing access to the premises via a guest room key. If such deterrents are not used, guests should avoid such hotels.

Anyone possessing information on this attack should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.