A female tourist was raped last week at the Breakwater Hotel on Ocean Drive by a man she shared an elevator with at 4:30am on Friday, September 6th.
The two rode up in the elevator together making small talk, with the man claiming to be staying on the same floor as her. When the woman, vacationing on South Beach from Switzerland, left the elevator, the man grabbed her from behind, put her in a choke hold and dragged her into her room where he raped and robbed her.
“He overpowered her, took her to her room, he sexually assaulted her then he robbed her of all her money and fled the scene,” said police spokesman Bobby Hernandez.
The man then slipped out of the hotel and based on surveillance video, police believe that the man was familiar with the hotel and might have even worked there at some point.
“He was very comfortable with his surroundings, he knew the hotels in and outs, so we’re pretty sure he’s familiar with the hotel, he might have worked there before,” said Hernandez.
A female guest from France, staying at the Breakwater was shocked at the news.
“I saw the police here, but had no idea that someone was raped. ” Said the woman who did not want to be identified. “You always feel so secure in American hotels, but this is a wake up call for me. Nowhere is safe anymore.”
From the police released surveillance images, the alleged rapist is being sought for questioning and the police need the public’s help.
The man is in his 20s, about 5 feet, 10 inches and 230 pounds. He may have a cursive letter tattooed on his upper left chest, according to police.
The police advise that women in the area do not walk alone and to be on the lookout.
Another tourist, “Paz” who was visiting from Argentina, told CBS News that she had been walking around the area late at night without being scared at all. “Now you said that, so I’m surprised, I never thought that would happen here.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Miami Beach Police Department at 305-673-7901 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).