WASHINGTON - A woman staying at a Dupont Circle hotel was greeted with a huge surprise when she answered the door to her room.
“Basically I just now know I just always have to look through the peephole, don't ever open the door no matter who you think you're expecting because it could have cost me my life,” said the victim who was nearly attacked while staying at The Embassy Row Hotel.
She said she answered her hotel room door to a stranger only to be greeted with a gun.
“Before I could even be like, ‘What are you doing,’ he tried to push his way into my room, and I've been attacked in the past, so when he tried to do that, I just immediately started to … scream for help,” said the victim.
The Embassy Row Hotel’s surveillance cameras captured video of the suspect walking through the front door, up the stairs and down the hall.
If you search “hotel safety” on Google, the first piece of advice that pops up is to not open your door to strangers. It is also advised to use the peephole to see who is outside and don’t trust someone claiming to be a hotel employee.
The suspect description is vague, but police are hoping someone will recognize him from the surveillance video.
The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.
Despite this incident, the management at The Embassy Row Hotel said safety is their number one priority.