MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) – Three Southern California men have been charged with raping a woman at the posh Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach.
Paul Thorington, 22, Anthony Albano, 23, and Ray Laranjo, 23, are accused of taking turns sexually assaulting the woman.
According to police, the men met the woman at a pool party held at the Shelborne Hotel Wednesday afternoon. The victim agreed to go to the room where the men were staying so she could drop off her purse.
There, the victim told police, the three men held her down on the bed while each having sex with her.
Police add that while the victim was trying to defend herself, she bit one of her attackers.
The Fountainebleau issue a statement saying “The safety and security of any guest visiting the Fountainebleau is the number one priority of hotel security. Fountainebleau is fully cooperating with Miami Beach Police on the incident, but cannot comment on the case as it is an ongoing investigation.”
A spokesperson for the Shelborne would not comment on the case, but did talk about security at the hotel, which is holding numerous poolside events and playing host to hundreds of guests.
“We are very tough on security, we are careful with our guests, especially our females guests. This kind of situation we hope would never happen at the Shelborne,” said Dennis Wheeler, spokesperson for the hotel.
Anyone with more information on this case is asked to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.