Woman Attacked in Restaurant Restroom

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    A man, arrested for trying to sexually assault a woman inside the restroom of a Gaslamp restaurant, also forced his way into rooms at a nearby hotel, telling women he was an undercover officer who was hurt and needed help, investigators said.

    Robert Kent Taylor, 41, was arrested by San Diego police after employees at the Flemings Steak House at 4th Avenue and K Street detained him Thursday night after he fled on foot.

    Woman Attacked in Restaurant Restroom

    [DGO] Woman Attacked in Restaurant Restroom
    Taylor was charged with several counts of burglary, false imprisonment, making criminal threats and two counts of attempted sexual assault. (Published Friday, Apr 2, 2010)

    According to employees, Taylor asked to use the restroom, then went into the woman's bathroom instead and locked himself in a stall.

    Officers said Taylor attacked a woman when she walked in. She fought back, police said, and employees rushed to help her when they heard the commotion.

    During their investigation, officers discovered that Taylor was also identified as a man who had forced his way into two hotel rooms inside the Residence Inn by Marriott across the street at 356 6th Avenue, according to hotel management. San Diego police had originally identified the hotel as the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter Hotel at 660 K Street in their overnight log.

    Two women staying in a room on the ninth floor of the hotel told police a man forced his way into their room. They screamed and threw things at him until he fled, police said.

    Five women staying in a room on the eighth floor said a man entered their room while saying he was an injured undercover officer. The man attacked one of the women, police said. The woman, described as in her 20s, resisted and her four friends helped her. The man ran out of the room and the hotel.

    Hotel management said they are cooperating with police in the investigation. "Guest safety and security is a top priority at Marriott. As soon as we were alerted to the situation we contacted the San Diego Police Department, who responded immediately," Charlie Smith, assistant general manager of the Residence Inn by Marriott said in an e-mailed statement.

    Taylor was charged with several counts of burglary, false imprisonment, making criminal threats and two counts of attempted sexual assault.

    Police are asking anyone else with information about the case or any other incidents involving Taylor to call the Sex Crimes Unit at 619-531-2210.