Minnesota Motel Employee Rapes a Guest and Offers Her $5 to Keep Quiet

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A Minnesota Days Inn housekeeping employee has been charged with raping a woman who was staying at the motel this weekend with her 9-month-old baby in St. Paul.

25-year-old Nolasco Lopez Ramirez, the head of housekeeping there, told other housekeepers he would clean the woman’s room Saturday afternoon. According to the victim, he trapped her in the room’s bathroom and raped her when she went in to collect the towels she’d used.

He came to the woman’s door at around 4:20 p.m. Saturday telling her that he was there to check out the room. She says she propped the door open with her baby’s stroller and sat down to do some homework while he made the bed. Afterward, he stayed lingering in the room, and the victim told him at one point to back up because he was making her uncomfortable.

She then got up and went to the bathroom for the towels in an attempt to get him to leave, but he followed her in and closed the door behind him. He first kissed her and she pushed him away, telling him to stop. He then grabbed her, turned her around, pulled down her pants and raped her while saying “I know you want it. Stop lying. That’s the only reason you opened the door.”

She told investigators that she screamed for him to stop and told him to leave or she’d scream louder. He then allegedly pulled out a $5 bill and said, “This will take care of it.”

The woman’s baby was in the room at the time.

A front-desk employee told police that Ramirez had asked if there’d been any complaints about screaming. That same clerk said he’d been acting “touchy and weird lately” and asked her if she was going to strip for him for his birthday.

Ramirez told investigators that he didn’t remember whether he had sex with the woman, and said there was no one in the motel he was interested in having sex with. He said he’d found a bottle of a whiskey in a vacated room that day and drank a lot of it, though the officers who arrested him said they didn’t smell alcohol on him and didn’t think he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

He was taken into custody and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He’s due in court Tuesday and faces up to 30 years behind bars and a $40,000 fine.

 

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