A former Hilton-affiliated hotel employee is charged with attempted rape after a business traveler at the hotel claimed he entered her room late at night using a key he made and started ripping off her clothes and exposing himself to her.
A horror story allegedly unfolded at a Kansas City hotel affiliated with the Hilton Hotels organization. Fletcher Clardy III, aged 30 and also from Kansas City, was arrested after being accused by a guest at the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City. Hotel Phillips is affiliated with the Hilton family through its high-end Curio collection.
As reported by the Kansas City Star, a guest of the hotel who was traveling for work, reported the attempted rape on the morning of December 17.
According to the female guest, she was in town for work with coworkers where she watched the Kansas City Chiefs game in the crowded hotel bar and where Clardy was serving drinks and food. After leaving the bar to pack for a flight the next morning, she returned to the bar for a few more drinks, once again retiring to her hotel room for the night after 2 in the morning.
Sometime after 4 am she awakened with Clardy ripping her clothes off with his penis exposed. According to the Star, she yelled, “Get the fuck off of me! Who the hell are you? Get away from me! Get the hell out of here!” To which the alleged perpetrator responded, “I am sorry, I thought you wanted it.”
Later, when police arrived, they were able to determine that Clardy had made a duplicate key for her room and was shown leaving the elevator and entering her room. He was terminated from the hotel and taken into custody with a $150k bond.
This horrific scenario is an important reminder of why hotel guests should always double-lock their hotel room doors using both the door lock and hotel latch.
Sounds like the unfortunate victim was too drunk or otherwise unfortunate enough to be in a position to make sure to “double lock” the door after her last rounds of drinks at the hotel bar on the night of the incident.
The authorities should look into whether the arrested suspect has previously done this to other hotel guests, since it may not have been his first attempt of targeting drunk hotel patrons for sexual abuse. The method of accessing the guest room may give clues on this having been part of premeditated pattern of behavior on the part of the arrested suspect.