Saturday, June 30, 2012
British tourist raped and robbed on beach in Tulum, Q.R.
One of the women was raped, and both were robbed. Their assailants were a pair of unidentified Mexican men. The attack occurred on beach front next to the Hotel Adonis, within 50 meters of a Tourist Police assistance station.
Tulum, on the Caribbean, is the site of famous Mayan ruins which draw tens of thousands of visitors annually.
The women were camped out on the beach when they were assaulted while sleeping, about 1:30 a.m.. Beach camping is common with tourists in the area, according to a police commander in Tulum.
R.M.A., a 25 year old U.K. passport holder, was raped by one of the two masked men who were armed with machetes. She suffered a slight cut to the head when she resisted the attack. L.B.A, a 33 year old Spanish national, managed to flee and hid herself in nearby ruins. The rape victim also was robbed of her cell phone, cash and other items of personal property. Both women have been identified by full name in some Spanish language media.
The rape victim and her Spanish travel mate were treated at a regional hospital. The latter injured her feet and legs while running through a rocky area near the beach. A rape kit examination of the British woman yielded sufficient forensic evidence to be used in court if the assailant is apprehended, said local authorities.
An investigation has been opened.
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Ruins at Tulum, Quintana Roo (public domain image, no copyright claimed)
at 1:54 PM