Cleveland hotel security officer, valet indicted for rape of guest www.privateofficer.com
CLEVELAND OH July 5 2012 - A security officer and a valet worker who are contracted employees at Cleveland’s Hampton Inn have been indicted on rape, kidnapping and burglary charges.
Sources confirm to NewsChannel5 that two men were indicted on the charges stemming from an alleged incident at the downtown Hampton Inn on May 13. “One of the offenders was a valet, the other a security guard. Both were arrested by police and indicted by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury,” said Cleveland Police Detective Jennifer Ciaccia.
Sources said two victims were returning to their hotel room after a bachelorette party when Solomon Baba, 23, and Kevin Kozieracki, 37, followed the women back to their room.
Baba is a valet worker, police said he is a contracted employee with the hotel from Central Parking.
Kozieracki is a security guard, according to police he is a contracted employee with the hotel from Metro Cleveland Security. “I think they have the wrong man,” said Terry Zacharyj with Metro Cleveland Security.
NewsChannel 5 has also learned that Kozierack is a Transportation Security Officer at Akron Canton Airport. TSA officials said he has been removed from screening functions.
Both men are currently behind bars at the Cuyahoga County Jail.
Both men were arraigned on the charges on June 19 where they pleaded not guilty. They’re scheduled to appear in court again on July 5.
Below is the statement from the property’s management company, Concord Hospitality Enterprises:
“We were shocked to hear about this situation when informed by our guests and we notified police immediately. Nothing like this has happened at our property before. The two individuals implicated in these allegations were employees of a subcontractor and no longer work at our property. We regret that this situation occurred and are working with local authorities to remedy this issue. The safety and security of our hotel guests and team members is always our highest priority, and we fully recognize our responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment.”