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D.C. hotel guest accused of kidnapping, sexual abuse

A guest at a downtown Washington hotel was arrested Friday and charged with kidnapping and sexual abuse after an encounter with a woman he found unconscious in the lobby, according to D.C. police and court documents.

Police identified the suspect as David Millard, 60, of Hono­lulu. They said the incident occurred early Thursday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on H Street NW.

According to a sworn statement filed by police, security camera footage from the hotel lobby showed a man carrying a woman who appeared to be unconscious toward the elevators.

In the statement, police said the woman told them that she drank alcohol before going to a hotel bar and drank more with co-workers at the bar. She said she remembered being in the bar and then nothing more until she awoke “totally undressed” in a hotel room Thursday morning next to a man.

When police later found her in the lobby, she was “visibly shaken and distraught,” authorities said.

An examination at a hospital showed injuries consistent with a sexual act, the statement said.

According to the statement, the suspect told police that he tried to help a woman whom he found “unconscious and/or passed out.” He said he took her to his room but did not force her and had her consent, the statement said.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.


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