Woman Claims Man Attempted to Break Into Her Hotel Room at 1 a.m. in Viral Tweet

A woman tweeted Wednesday in a now viral thread that a man allegedly tried to break into her hotel room in Washington, D.C., at 1 a.m. on October 11. In the thread, she raised suspicions about human trafficking in the area.

The tweet, which has amassed over 22,200 retweets and 41,000 likes, claimed that while the woman, Maya Angelique (@moneyymaya on Twitter), was staying at the Cambria Hotel a man tried to gain entry into her room.

Angelique tweeted that she was showering in the hotel room at about 1 a.m. when a man wearing a blue shirt, jeans, and a mask tried to "violently" break into her room. She said he somehow had a key that accessed her room.

Angelique said she had locked the door from the inside with the doorstop making it impossible for the suspect to enter the room. She claimed he yelled "open the f**king door" while attempting to break the doorstop so he could enter the room.

She said when she finally pushed the door closed she watched through the peephole as the man ran down the hallway and away from her room. "I was in the shower alone and naked," she said in the Tweet.

"DC is one of the leading human trafficking cities in the country," Angelique wrote in the thread. "When black girls go missing no one gives AF about us."

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, human trafficking is a multibillion-dollar criminal "industry" that affects approximately 24.9 million people around the world. While human trafficking is under-reported, the NHTH estimated that since 2007, they've received over 276,654 contacts and saw over 63,000 trafficking cases. Each case can involve more than one victim of trafficking.

Among these high numbers lies even scarier statistics, with more than 40 percent of human trafficking victims being identified as Black women. According to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), the "adultification" and sexualization of Black girls contributes to racial bias.

"Law enforcement continues to arrest high numbers of Black women for sex trafficking compared to the men who actually pay money for the 'service,'" the CBCF reported. "Furthermore, the law needs to protect Black women and girls who are victims of sex trafficking. Despite legislation aimed at decriminalizing victims of sex trafficking, law enforcement does not always enforce the laws in place dealing with decriminalizing sex trafficking."

The CBCF recommended implementing more trafficking education in communities as well as passing more legislation that will protect Black women and girls as easily exploited by their situations and not as perpetrators.

"Hotel management said it was 'housekeeping' trying to come in my room at 1 a.m. and completely unannounced???" the tweet read. It continued to explain that if it wasn't for the doorstop which was blocking the door, the man "would've been in the room with me."

In the viral Twitter thread, Angelique claimed she called the front desk immediately after the incident and was told by the woman at the desk that she was "aware of the situation" and that it was housekeeping but they went to the wrong room and accidentally knocked on her door.

"In what world is housekeeping coming into rooms at 1 AM," Angelique added in the Twitter thread. Angelique claimed the person working the front desk at the hotel was "extremely nonchalant." Angelique said she asked for a refund and requested that she be switched to a different room because she did not feel safe.

She also claimed that when she told the hotel manager that the person at the front desk claimed it was housekeeping knocking at her door that they were "shocked."

Angelique also claimed in the thread that the woman at the front desk's reaction was odd because she seemed "fully aware" of the situation and "did not expect to be caught." Angelique said when she was moved to the new room she barricaded herself inside because she was so afraid to be there alone.

But other Cambria Hotel guests have also come forward with stories similar to Angelique's. A one-star review left one month ago by a woman named Nikita Purvis claimed she had a "sketchy" interaction with a man she thought was a "hotel guest."

According to the woman's review, a man in the elevator attempted to switch room keys with her. She said she immediately went down to the front desk to retrieve a new key but when she went up to her hotel room, she claimed someone tried to "gain entry" inside.

Purvis said she told the front desk about the situation and that she did not feel safe at the hotel. Allegedly the man working the front desk told her she would not be refunded for her stay but that she could leave and then hung up on her.

Woman Claims Man Attempted to Break in
In a now viral Twitter thread, a woman claimed a man attempted to break into her Washington, D.C., hotel room at 1 a.m. She believes it was part of a human trafficking ring in the city. FOTOKITA/Getty Images

Another one-star review, left for the hotel five days ago by a man named Matt Corasanti, claimed he and his wife witnessed an unconscious girl being dragged into an elevator at the hotel. He said the girl had no shoes or belongings as she was dragged into the elevator.

"We noticed the guy she was with had scratches on his face and when confronted, he ran out of the elevator and fled the hotel," the review read. "Police and EMTs were called and the girl was eventually taken to the hospital. We spoke with the police and EMTs for close to two hours. Instead of taking this situation seriously and considering the well-being of the girl, the front desk worker, Maurice, started arguing with myself and the others in the elevator."

The review also claimed that Maurice, the front desk worker, shoved hotel guests away from the elevator during the situation before telling the man and his wife that they were "evicted from the hotel."

Cambria General Manager Aaron Caple responded to Corasanti's review, saying that "the police were called due to the severity of the allegations and conducted an investigation. For the benefit of all our guests, all intoxicated patrons we were escorted off-premises by the authorities. We appreciate your feedback."

Choice Hotels told Newsweek in a statement it is "highly concerned about the incident at a franchised property in Washington, D.C., and we are in contact with hotel management to conduct a full review and investigation of that incident and of reports of other guest experiences."

The statement continued, "We condemn human trafficking and work with the owners and management of our franchised hotels, as well as industry organizations like [the American Hotel & Lodging Association] and Polaris to raise awareness and combat this issue."

Updated 10/18/21, 9:20 a.m. ET: This story was updated with a comment from Choice Hotels.