A hospitalized cosplayer sustained her injuries in a fall rather than from an attack say San Diego Harbor Police. However, the case of a 29-year-old man they arrested on unrelated charges of having sexual contact with a minor and providing her with alcohol will still be referred to the district attorney’s office.
Their findings are based on a review of surveillance camera recordings and physical evidence at the scene. The press release issued by police reports:
BACKGROUND: Shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014, a juvenile female was found with significant injuries in the pool area of a hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive in San Diego. The juvenile female had attended Comic Con earlier in the day and still had her costume on. She was transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.
In connection with the case, Harbor Police arrested a 29-year-old man early Sunday morning, July 27 at the hotel. He was booked into San Diego County Jail at 11:20 a.m. on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The Harbor Police Investigations Unit has been investigating the incident, including the cause of the injuries to the victim.
INVESTIGATION RESULTS: After the incident, Police began a thorough investigation of the facts, including a review of footage from multiple surveillance cameras, as well as the assistance of community members and Comic Con attendees who provided extensive information and sent photographs for review. The investigation concluded with a finding that the juvenile female’s injuries were not the result of a criminal assault, and were likely the result of a fall. Her injuries, and physical evidence at the scene, were consistent with a fall from the distance of approximately six feet.
This finding does not affect the charges against the 29-year-old male, which will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office. Because this case involves a minor, no further information will be released about this incident.
Police said the girl was climbing a gate at the Marriott Hotel after an altercation with an older man.
Police were initially hampered in their investigation by the girl’s inability to remember what happened.
[Thanks to Nancy Collins for the story.]