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- Henry Pierson Curtis | Sentinel Staff Writer 3:59 PM EST, December 18, 2007
- A guest staying at Walt Disney World’s Pop Century resort narrowly avoided being raped last Friday evening, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was walking about 5:50 p.m. on a path when a man pushed and knocked her to the ground in 4-feet-tall bushes. The man immediately reached into the pockets of her shorts and snatched her room key, states an incident report released on Tuesday. Details of how the woman escaped have not been released.
- She returned to her room about 6 p.m. but could not open the door because her key had been bent in the attack. She alerted her husband sleeping inside by screaming and pounding on the locked door, the report states. The husband had a hotel worker call 911, while he ran to the resort’s pool area in search of the attacker, the report states. At least 11 sheriff’s patrol cars responded to the call and remained parked outside the hotel until late Friday night, a tourist from Texas told the newspaper. The attacker was described by the victim as a tall, light skin black man, 190 pounds, 40 to 50 years old, with short, clean-cut black hair, brown hair, and wearing a clean, short-sleeve white shirt with dark pants. On Tuesday, members of the sheriff’s Sex Crimes unit continued to search for the suspect.