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Calgary Woman Beaten at Mexican Hotel

Hotel Riu Emerald BayOn Friday, January 20, a Calgary woman was badly beaten by a young man in an elevator at the Hotel Riu Emerald Bay resort in Mexico. The 37-year-old woman was on holiday with her husband when she was attacked, and now she has suffered serious injuries to her face. Late last week it was reported by local officials that the incident was caught on surveillance video, and it appears that the attacker was another tourist.

The local attorney general has told reporters that the surveillance video shows Sheila Nabb being attacked by a 20-some-year-old male, who looks to be another guest at the hotel. CTV News reporter Tom Walters said on Wednesday that the attorney general is disregarding any suggestion that the woman’s husband, Andrew, was with his wife at the time of the incident. They say he isn’t in the video.

Andrew was questioned by police after the attack, but he has been dismissed as a suspect. Local newspapers had reported that Sinaloa Governor Mario Lopez Valdez commented that police were looking at a domestic violence incident. However, the governor didn’t mention anymore on the subject in a Wednesday statement and promised a sweeping investigation instead. The government reiterates that their top priorities for citizens and tourists alike are safety and security. Mexico hotels and resorts comply with the strictest security standards, and this has been an isolated and unfortunate event.

A report also says that more people than Andrew have been questioned. In fact, several people have been questioned, including a man with curious injuries. However, no arrests have been made yet, as authorities are still trying to identify the attacker. Walters says police are waiting for Mrs. Nabb to be well enough to give a statement. She woke from a medically-induced coma earlier this week but is still too weak to talk. Her brother, Paul Giles, said that she recognised Andrew, seemed lucid and responded to questions when she woke.

It’s also been reported that Mrs. Nabb was due to undergo facial reconstructive surgery on Wednesday or Thursday. However, some of her family says she has gotten pneumonia, which is common when a hole is made in a person’s windpipe to ease breathing. After being sedated, she is due to have surgery within days.

Walters has also reported that the Mazatlan media seems to be more worried about the bad reputation the city is getting because of the attack. He noticed how quiet the city has been for January and that the tourism business doesn’t appear to be doing very well right now. He added that local authorities act like they are more concerned about the impact on the region’s reputation as well.

The attack comes as an Ontario man has told the media that he will never visit Mexico again after he was brutally beaten near the same resort last year. Scott Giddy was the victim of a local medical clinic scam as well. He was forced to pay a $4,700 bill on his credit card in order to leave after spending 45 minutes at the clinic. When he was finally taken to hospital, they were harassed by money collectors to pay $45,000 or they would stop treating him. He was on holiday with his wife, Sarah Giddy.

 

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