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52-year-old American woman molested in SoBo hotel

A 52-year-old American woman staying at a south Mumbai hotel was allegedly molested by an Arab national in her room on Thursday. The Colaba police have arrested the accused. An Oman national, who is suspected to have helped the accused, was also arrested from the international airport.

mumbai Updated: Feb 27, 2015 01:15 IST
Vijay Kumar Yadav

A 52-year-old American woman staying at a south Mumbai hotel was allegedly molested by an Arab national in her room on Thursday. The Colaba police have arrested the accused. An Oman national, who is suspected to have helped the accused, was also arrested from the international airport.

The police said the woman, who had come to the city on February 22, met one of the accused Oman national Mohammed Hassan Darwish, in one of the hotel’s restaurants, after which they kept in touch.

She allegedly invited Darwish for a drink to her room around 12.46am on Thursday. Darwish and the woman had a beer and were watching television, the police said.

The woman told the police she went to the washroom around 1.20am. When she came back, she allegedly found an unknown person in the room, later identified as the main accused Sultan Fahad M Alghatani, who Darwish introduced as his friend. She told Darwish she was not comfortable with the person’s presence in her room, the police said.

Darwish then allegedly left the room, but Alghatani stayed on. In her statement, the woman said she asked Alghatani to leave, which led to a heated argument. Alghatani then allegedly molested her.

Alghatani was arrested on Thursday morning, while Darwish was caught in the afternoon.

“The privacy and security of our guests has always been our top-most priority. We have helped our guest file an FIR and are cooperating with the investigation in every way possible,” the hotel’s spokesperson said.