Plaintiff Says Police Found Him Unconscious And With Pants Down In West Palm Beach Marriott Parking Lot.
CLAIM: Marriott Told Police It Has No Security Cameras In Parking Lot…
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Palm Beach County man is suing Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) after he says he was assaulted and raped at the company’s “West Palm Beach Marriott” hotel at 1001 Okeechobee Blvd — just yards from the Kravis Center.
The “negligent security” lawsuit refers to the victim as “John Doe.” An Alias is routinely used to mask the identity of a sexual assault victim.
According to the suit: “On September 16th, 2021, at approximately 6 a.m., Plaintiff John Doe left his hotel room to retrieve items from his vehicle located in the parking lot of the West Palm Beach Marriott. At that time, Plaintiff John Doe was approached by an unknown male who was loitering in the West Palm Beach Marriott’s parking lot who requested to have a cigarette from the Plaintiff, John Doe, who provided him one. After denying the unknown male’s request for additional cigarettes, Plaintiff John Doe was struck in the head with an unknown object and was knocked unconscious, robbed, and raped.”
The suit continues: “As the Plaintiff John Doe was going in and out of consciousness, he was able to secure his cellular phone and call 911. At this time, Plaintiff John Doe also set off the panic alarm on his vehicle for someone to locate and help him. Upon the arrival of the West Palm Beach Police Department, Plaintiff John Doe was found lying on the ground, face down with his pants pulled down below his buttocks and his boxer shorts ripped in the middle exposing his buttocks. At that time, West Palm Beach Fire Rescue responded and transported Plaintiff, John Doe, to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was treated for a head injury and sexual assault.”
Attorneys for the victim allege that Marriott acknowledged a lack of security at the hotel: “During the West Palm Beach Police Department’s investigation, they were advised by West Palm Beach Marriott’s security that the property did not have any security cameras in the parking lot.”
The suit seeks in excess of $30,000 which is the statutory minimum for filing in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. Marriott has not yet filed a response to the complaint.
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