A Canadian woman beaten and injured
A Canadian on vacation with his family near Cancun was severely beaten in his hotel room by another guest of the complex, has she told several media outlets.
Early in the morning of November 11, Alexandra “Lexie” York went to eat at the Grand Bahia Principe Tulum where she was staying in complex, Mexico. She arrived at the resort on November 10, according to CBC News.
“She woke up late and was hungry, so I guess it came down (in the lobby) to 2 am for a snack,” said his brother Mathew York CTV News. “She met with people she had talked to the pool and they invited her to eat with them.” USA TODAY contacted Mathew and Lexie York, which would be a stewardess.
After returning to his room, one of the men she had eaten would have knocked on his door, saying he was watching.
“That’s when he attacked her in her room and left her lying there, beaten, choked and unconscious,” a GoFundMe page organized by his brother to help cover the costs of recovery.
“I found myself on the bed,” said Lexie York CBC. “He pushed me on the bed, clutching my throat.
“Lexie escaped from the room despite his injuries and called for help until another guest to hear and come to her rescue,” described Mathew York on GoFundMe page. She was then admitted to a hospital in Playa del Carmen, and then transferred to another hospital in Cancun, where she underwent reconstructive surgery of 9.5 hours. She had multiple facial fractures, a fractured orbital bone and lacerations to the face and neck.
“She now has a metal plate in his cheek, and she put a net for his eyes to get his muscles where they should be,” said Mathew York on CTV. “She can not see very well, one eye is blurred and the other is double vision.”
“I hope to go home in about a week,” said Lexie York CBC. “I could not get back to everyone. But the positivity of everyone and made to stand behind me helping me to feel that I’m going to go well,” she added.
Bahia Principe confirmed the incident in a statement to USA TODAY. “This incident is extremely upsetting and our thoughts are with the victim,” according to the hotel. “The safety and security of guests and hotel staff has been and always will be our number one priority. As soon as the hotel was notified of the incident, the staff immediately activated our internal security protocol. included the provision of emergency medical assistance and alert local. authorities, who immediately arrested the suspect, a guest at the resort.
“We wish Ms. York a speedy recovery and hope that the authorities will shed light on this incident as soon as possible,” added the hotel.
Angela Savard Global Affairs Canada spokesperson, said that the entity which provides consular services to Canadians, is involved and is in contact with the Mexican authorities. “Our thoughts go to the Canadian who was physically assaulted in Mexico.”
The suspect is currently in custody, according to a statement from the office of the Attorney General of Quintana Roo. Tulum is a city of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.