Woman claims she was raped at Houston hotel

July 22, 2009 7:40:33 AM PDT
What happened inside a downtown Houston hotel has a woman from Canada demanding justice and Houston police taking a closer look. The victim claims she was raped and she's now resorting to a popular internet website to learn if others were victimized too.

According to the police report, the alleged incident happened here in Houston, but it was initially reported in Canada where the victim lives. It says evidence from the case has been forwarded to Houston authorities. No one has been charged or arrested yet.

At the Athens Hotel Suites Tuesday night, where the alleged crime happened, any talk about a rape was flatly denied.

"This was a big mistake by the police department, a big mistake," said a man who works at the hotel but who refused to identify himself.

The man told us no such crime occurred and gave us his explanation to what happened when we asked why the woman was making the allegation.

"She was very drunk, sir," said the man.

However, that is a far cry from what the alleged victim claims happened to her. In July of last year, the Canadian businesswoman says she was staying at the address when she was pushed into her hotel room by the hotel operator and raped.

The woman's friend, who is also a Toronto police detective, told us the unprovoked incident has changed her friend forever.

"I know for a fact that she's constantly looking over her shoulder and her personal life with her husband and her children are greatly affected," said Det. Shari MacKay, a friend of the victim.

Houston police would not comment about the case, other than to say an investigation is ongoing and that the case has been referred to the district attorney's office for potential charges.

For the alleged victim, it's been a year with no answers, which is why just last month she turned to Facebook to get her message out and seek other potential victims.

"Being who the perpetrator was and the fact that they had access, it led her to believe that there was someone else out there," said Detective Mackay.

Our calls to the hotel manager were not returned nor our emails sent to the company's website.

As for the alleged victim's friend, she says she has no doubts the incident happened and now wants justice.

"If a rapist is doing this and having an opportunity to do this in a hotel room, we want to see this prevented and no further victims victimized by this," said Detective MacKay.

We did attempt to reach Canadian authorities to ask them about this case, but so far we have not received a response. The district attorney's office, as a matter of practice, does not comment about ongoing investigations.

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