Police say San Diego hotel worker sexually assaulted in vacated room; Sketch released

Cops: Incident occurred at Wyndham Garden Hotel

SAN DIEGO - A hotel maid was beaten and sexually assaulted for more than two hours at her job in the Midway District, and police released a drawing of a person of interest Saturday.

The assault occurred between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 3737 Sports Arena Boulevard, according to San Diego police Lt. Anastasia Smith.

A man confronted the woman as she was walking out of a just- cleaned room and forced her back inside, Smith said. The woman fought her attacker, but was badly beaten and sexually assaulted, the lieutenant said.

The man ran from the scene following the attack, at which point the victim was able to call police. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Smith said.

The culprit was described as a muscular 40- to 45-year-old black man with a short Afro-style haircut. He was between 5-feet-9 inches and 6-feet-1-inch tall, and may have a fresh scratch on his face.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a long-sleeved beige polo shirt with blue and yellow stripes and a blue baseball cap with a white bill and a white logo. He speaks English and some Spanish, police said.

Police urged anyone with information about the attack to call the San Diego Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit at 619-531-2210, or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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