SAINT PAUL, MN – A housekeeping employee is charged with raping a woman who was staying at a St. Paul motel this weekend with her 9-month-old baby.
Nolasco Lopez Ramirez, 25, of St. Paul is head of housekeeping at the Days Inn at 1964 W. University Ave. and told other housekeepers he would clean the woman’s room Saturday afternoon, according to charges filed Monday in Ramsey County District Court. The woman told investigators he trapped her in the bathroom and raped her when she went in to gather up some dirty towels.
Ramirez was taken into custody and is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
According to the criminal complaint, Ramirez came to the woman’s door about 4:20 p.m. Saturday telling her he was there to check out the room. The woman said she propped open the door with her baby stroller and sat down to do some homework while Ramirez made the bed. Afterward he lingered in the room and at one point the woman told him to back up because he was making her uncomfortable.
The woman then got up and went to the bathroom for the towels in an attempt to get Ramirez to leave, but he followed her in and closed the door behind him, according to the complaint. He kissed her and she pushed him away, telling him to stop. Then he grabbed her, turned her around, pulled down her pants and raped her, saying “I know you want it. Stop lying. That’s the only reason you opened the door.”
The woman told investigators she screamed for him to stop and told him to leave or she would scream louder. He pulled out a $5 bill and said, “This will take care of it,” according to the charges.
The woman’s baby was in the room at the time of the assault, according to the charges.
Police spoke to a front-desk employee who said Ramirez asked if there had been any complaints about screaming. The clerk said Ramirez had been acting “touchy and weird lately” and had asked her if she was going to strip for him for his birthday.
Ramirez told police he didn’t remember whether he had sex with the woman and said there was no one in the motel he was interested in having sex with. He said he had found a bottle of a whiskey in a vacated room that day and drank a lot of it, though the officers who arrested him said they did not smell alcohol on him and did not think he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Days Inn management did not respond to a request for comment Monday.
Ramirez will make his first court appearance Tuesday at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center. He faces a potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.