A man remained in jail this week after he allegedly tore off a piece of a woman’s ear. The injury took place while the man allegedly forced the woman to have sex outdoors on the Las Vegas Strip near The Strat Hotel, Casino & SkyPod.
Samuel Garee Jr., 45, of Salem, Ore., was celebrating the birth of a grandchild when the assault took place early Tuesday morning, KLAS, a local TV station, reported. He is charged with sexual assault resulting in substantial bodily harm, kidnapping, and battery.
During a court appearance late this week, Las Vegas Judge Holly Stoberski set Garee’s bail at $500,000. He was in custody as of Friday in the Clark County Detention Center. If convicted, he could face many years in prison.
The victim was rushed to a local hospital. She received treatment for facial fractures, cuts, and the missing part of her ear, KLAS said. Garee had allegedly hit and punched the victim in the face, KLAS said, quoting police sources.
She Did Not Want Sex
At one point, the victim performed a “sex act” on Garee, KLAS further reported. The incident was videotaped by surveillance cameras.
The interaction began when the would-be victim and Garee met each other. She went with him to a casino. He “seemed nice,” but she did not want to be “sexual with him,” the victim later told police, KLAS said.
Metro police were notified about the attack by an employee at The Strat. The worker called police at about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Garee was staying at an unnamed Las Vegas hotel. It was not The Strat. He came to Las Vegas to celebrate the birth of a grandchild. Police said he later told them he could not remember the incident.
Prior Incidents at Strat
In an unrelated incident, last September a man who jumped from the Strat Hotel, Casino & SkyPod died from an apparent suicide, according to the Clark County Coroner’s office. The official cause of his demise was “blunt injuries,” the coroner’s office added.
He was a 30-year-old resident of Henderson, Nev., according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Metro police did not provide a reason for him jumping.
It appears he landed near a ground-level entranceway close to a sidewalk along Las Vegas Boulevard, according to Vital Vegas.
In an unrelated incident, in 2000 a 24-year-old Utah man killed himself after jumping from the same hotel, formerly known as the Stratosphere. Mitchell M. Mayfield of Tooele jumped off the observation deck at the hotel’s tower, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
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