Dominican Republic holidaymaker claims she was drugged, raped and thrown from hotel balcony after meeting mystery couple

A HOLIDAYMAKER has claimed she was raped and thrown from a second-story balcony during a nightmare stay at a Dominican Republic resort.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, told ABC 7 that she was staying at the Ocean Blue & Sand in June when she met a couple.

A tourist has claimed she was raped and thrown from a hotel balcony in the Dominican Republic
A tourist has claimed she was raped and thrown from a hotel balcony in the Dominican Republic

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, believes she was drugged after meeting a couple
ABC 7

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, told ABC 7 that she was staying at the Ocean Blue & Sand in June when she met a couple.[/caption]

She claims they chatted her up and suggested sharing a few drinks – but she began feeling disoriented and now believes she was drugged.

The tourist, from Staten Island, New York, headed to her lounge chair — but the 28-year-old man she’d been drinking with allegedly followed and grabbed her.

“I remember being taken against my will to the room,” she said.

“I remember my pants being forced off.”

She suffered a gash in her hand that needed stitches after allegedly being pushed off the balcony
ABC 7

She suffered a gash in her hand that needed stitches after allegedly being pushed off the balcony[/caption]

She was staying at the Ocean Blue & Sand in June when she met a couple
ABC 7

She was staying at the Ocean Blue & Sand in June when she met a couple[/caption]

By then, her strength was nearly depleted and she could barely speak, she told the outlet.

“I remember fear,” she recounted. “I was crying during it.”

Police reports obtained by the station indicate that someone called 911 after spotting the woman fall from a second-story balcony with no bottoms on.

She suffered a damaged spine, a gash in her hand that needed stitches, severe bruising and internal trauma that she described as her injuries from being raped, according to the report.

During the alleged victim’s medical treatment, doctors never suggested a rape kit — despite the trauma she’d suffered, she told ABC.

But once she got the police involved, they determined her injuries were consistent with rape and arrested the couple, according to the report.

The female suspect allegedly confessed to shoving the woman off the balcony during a fight that she claimed to have initiated upon discovering the tourist in the hotel room with her boyfriend.

Both the woman and her boyfriend have been charged with sexual assault, attempted murder, violence against women and robbery.

But they’ve since been released on the equivalent to $1,000 (£800) bail each, according to the report.

The alleged victim told the station that’s the same amount she’s spent on an attorney to ensure that her case gets prosecuted — which, so far, has been a challenge.

‘THEY WOULDN’T CARE IF I HAD DIED’

“It’s a whole different country, different rules,” she told the network.

“They don’t care. They could have cared less if I died over there.”

“They caught the people, and they let them out. How do you do that?” the woman added.

“That’s what pisses me off the most, is that I know who did it and they might walk free.”

The prosecutor’s office, the local police department in Punta Cana and the Ocean Blue & Sand all declined comment to ABC.

WARNING TO FEMALE TOURISTS

Now, the woman is speaking out in the hope of protecting other female travellers.

“People go on vacation,” the alleged victim said.

“They put their guard down half of the time. They are trying to relax, but I want people to know, you can’t have your guard down.

“You always have to be careful. It could happen at any time. This didn’t happen at night time. This happened in broad day.”


The Dominican Republic has been the scene of a series of unexplained deaths, some of which have been linked to alcohol.

A total of 11 American tourists have died after falling ill on the Caribbean island this year, in what their families say are circumstances have not been fully explained.

The FBI is looking into whether any of the reported deaths are linked and have been testing hotel minibars to see if contaminated bootleg booze is to blame


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