Tourist describes brutal hotel room attack, but lack of cooperation yields only misdemeanors

Darius Sanford was arrested at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile, 300 East Ohio. | CPD; Google

A South Side man is only facing misdemeanor charges after allegedly carrying out a brutal attack on a tourist in a downtown hotel room because the 20-year-old victim did not cooperate with detectives who were investigating allegations of multiple felonies.

Police responded after the Oklahoma woman reported being beaten and robbed in her room at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile, 300 East Ohio around 6:45 a.m. on April 12th.

The woman told police that she agreed to meet 29-year-old Darius Sanford in her hotel room via a dating app. Once Sanford arrived, he engaged in “solo activity” on the woman’s bed, washed up, then grabbed the woman by the back of her hair and demanded to know where her money was hidden, the woman said.

The woman said she refused to give Sanford money, prompting Sanford to break a glass bottle over her head, causing lacerations to her head, ear, arm, and shoulder, according to a police report.

Sanford let the woman go when she told him that she had cash hidden in a drawer, according to allegations in police records. The woman said Sanford took the money and left the room. He was still in the hotel lobby when the police arrived.

Cops said they found blood on both beds in the woman’s room, shattered glass, and more blood in her bathroom. The woman was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for cuts, and a rape kit was collected, police said.

But detectives said the woman refused to fully cooperate with their investigation and only misdemeanor charges of battery and theft would be pursued “at this time.”

Sanford was released on a recognizance bond.

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