Video Shows On-Duty Cop Take Mentally Ill Woman into Hotel to Sexually Assault Her
When a police sergeant arrived at a local hotel in uniform, and used his personal credit card to pay for a 23-year-old mentally ill woman’s room, he claimed she was a domestic abuse survivor, and he was helping her while police searched for her husband—but he didn’t admit that he was actually looking for a place to take advantage of, and sexually assault the woman.
Newly released surveillance footage obtained by Local 10 News shows Miami Gardens police Sgt. Javier Romaguera leading the woman into the hotel lobby after midnight on the night of July 11, 2016, and then telling the clerk at the front desk that “no can know she’s here.”
“It’s kind of sad,” Romaguera told the hotel employee. “She’s just a baby … she’s Haitian, so she doesn’t speak English. Her parents brought her here so she could have an education … She comes here with her husband. He beats the s*** out of her. We’re trying to find him, but she can’t go back to the house.”
Adding to the story, Romaguera told the clerk, “I would rather pay whatever because I have four daughters.”
While the woman—who has remained unidentified—did immigrate to the United States from Haiti one year before the incident, she was not in an abusive relationship, and was not even married. Instead, she was reportedly picked up by the officer after she was identified as a distressed individual who left the group home where she was living.
“I’m giving a transport to a black female,” Romaguera said over police dispatch. According to his account, he drove the woman back to the group home, and then returned to his shift. However, the owner of the home confirmed that no police officers arrived that night, and the time the woman returned conflicts with the officer’s