Tourist says she was raped, thrown off resort balcony in Dominican Republic

Justin Chan

A New York City woman claims she was raped and thrown off a second-floor balcony in the Dominican Republic last month, according to WABC

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the station that she was staying at the Ocean Blue and Sand in Punta Cana when the attack occurred. One day during her stay, she became friendly with a couple who was also vacationing at the same resort and hanging by the poolside bar. The three had drinks together soon after.  

The situation, however, took a turn for the worst when the alleged victim became disoriented, she said.  

"Things were starting to get blurry," she recalled. "I kind of heard buzzing in my ears, like ringing, and that's when everything started to fade."

The woman, who believes she was drugged, said she wanted to rest in her lounge chair, but the 28-year-old man that she had drinks with reportedly grabbed her.

"I remember being taken against my will to the room," she said. "I remember my pants being forced off."

At that point, the alleged victim said she had lost most of her physical strength and was unable to speak coherently.

"I remember fear," the woman said. "I was crying during it."

The man's girlfriend told local authorities that she caught her boyfriend and the woman in the hotel room, which, in turn, led to a fight with the alleged victim. The female suspect admitted that, during the fracas, she threw the woman off the second-story balcony. Police reports confirm that someone called 911 after seeing the alleged victim fall from the second floor without any bottoms on. 

The woman said the episode left her with an injured spine, a laceration across her hand, serious bruising and internal trauma.

"This world is sick, and people have horrible intentions," she said. 

Though the couple is now facing charges of sexual assault, attempted murder, violence against women and robbery, a judge purportedly released them on $1,000 bail each — the same amount of money the alleged victim said she has spent on hiring a lawyer to prosecute the pair. 

"It's a whole different country, different rules," the woman told WABC. "They don't care. They could have cared less if I died over there."

The woman's lawyer has since argued that the couple should have never been released in the first place and is determined to get the order reversed. 

"They caught the people, and they let them out," the alleged victim said. "How do you do that? That's what pisses me off the most, is that I know who did it and they might walk free."

The woman's story came just weeks after Delaware resident Tammy Lawrence-Daley claimed, on Facebook, that she had been brutally attacked by a hotel employee while staying at Majestic Elegance, an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, in January. 

In that incident, Lawrence-Daley said she stepped out of her room to get a snack when the unknown staff member approached her from behind and pulled her into an unlocked maintenance room. 

"The next 8 hours brought me pain and fear," she described in a chilling post. "I was strangled multiple times to unconsciousness. My lifeless body was drug down concrete stairs to an underground waste water area. I was kicked in the head, I was beaten with a club. And then strangled again for the kill; at which time he disposed of my body into an area I refer to as the ‘hole’."

In the weeks since Lawrence-Daley went public about the assault, Dominican authorities and the hotel have fought back against her claims, arguing that there are holes in her story. 

"There is a lot of conjecture about the case, a lot of information that doesn't match some of the statements," the country's national police chief spokesman Col. Frank Durán said. "We have to wait for the investigation to end."