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APD: Man Strangled Downtown Austin Hotel Housekeeper
Updated: Monday, August 26 2013, 05:46 PM CDT
Police say a man strangled a Downtown Austin hotel housekeeper after she refused to let him in a room.
According to the arrest affidavit, 19-year-old Eric Thomas Robertson is charged with aggravated assault bodily injury with a deadly weapon (hands), a second degree felony.
It happened at around 9:15 a.m. last Wednesday at a hotel located in the 300 block of East 4th Street right next to the Austin Convention Center.
Court documents say the housekeeper was cleaning a room on the seventh story when Robertson approached her and asked her to open the door to another room.
According to the affidavit she said she didn't have the authorization to do so and told him to go to the front desk. She turned away and resumed cleaning the room. When she exited the bathroom Robertson came out of a closet and grabbed her from behind.
Police say she was able to free herself and reach for a phone but was jerked away by Robertson who began strangling her. They struggled and the woman scratched at Robertson's arms and poked at his eyes with her fingers. Robertson briefly let her go after she grabbed him by the testicles, but then he attacked her again throwing her to the floor.
The affidavit says he strangled her until she lost consciousness. She woke up about 30 minutes later and was able to get help from fellow employees.
Surveillance video recorded Robertson fleeing the hotel through a stairwell and he was arrested later that night on separate charges. During an interview with police he admitted to being at the hotel that morning, according to court documents.
The housekeeper suffered multiple injuries -- a fractured orbital bone, a two inch cut over one of her eyes, swelling and abrasions to the side of the face and was unable to open her left eye.
The victim positively identified Robertson in a photo lineup, according to police.
Photo from Austin police.