Coral Springs Police say they are looking for a suspect who pushed a woman into her hotel room and attempted to sexually assault her before she fought him off and ran out.
The attack happened at about 9:10 p.m. Tuesday when the woman was opening the door to her room at the La Quinta Inn at 3100 University Drive, police said Thursday. As she did, the man pushed her from behind, but she got away without being injured, running out of the hotel, police said.
"She pushed him in the face. She tried to knee him in the groin," Coral Springs Police spokesman Sgt. Dave Kirkland said.
Police described the suspect, shown in the above sketch, as a white or light-skinned Hispanic man with brown eyes who is between 20 and 30 years old, between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches tall, and weighs between 130 and 150 pounds.
He has “a distinctive spider web tattoo on one of his elbows” and was wearing a black baseball hat, white T-shirt and red basketball shorts Tuesday night, according to police.
Kirkland said they don’t know how the man got into the hotel, but he did not come in or leave through the lobby.
La Quinta has a sign posted that says “doors are locked at all times,” but a back door was unlocked Thursday afternoon.
A hotel spokeswoman would not go into detail about their security measures and surveillance cameras, but said in a statement, “La Quinta’s priority is the safety and security of our employees and guests. At this time, the incident is in the hands of the Coral Springs Police Department and we are fully cooperating with them.”
They urged anyone with information on the incident to call Detective jay Feinberg at 954-346-1226 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
Police said they will be handing out Crime Stoppers flyers near the La Quinta Inn Friday morning starting at 9:30 a.m.
Coral Springs Police also reminded the public that they offer Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) self-defense training classes several times each year. For more information on those, call Joanne Lavoro at the police department at 954-346-1227.