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2014-01-13 at 5:40PM

Resort breaks silence

By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

Management of a Dominican Republic resort, which is now the centre of controversy after two local women were allegedly attacked while on vacation there, has broken its silence.

In a post on the travel website TripAdvisor.ca, a person using the name Johanny Arvelo responded to a review posted by one of the women who says she was attacked by a bartender while vacationing at the Bahia Principe San Juan resort.

The person claimed to be associated with the four-star resort and the review has since been removed. But before being removed, the response provided a different account of events.

“We do not have any record of this serious allegation against the hotel staff and the situation you described,” the post reads.

“What we have on file is the complaint from several rooms on your villa that you were disturbing them. Because of that our security staff together with the night manager went to your room to investigate the case, you did not open the door and you were screaming in your room until the friends you called came over there. When you finally opened the door, there were just you and your friends inside the room.”

On Friday, two local women who wished to remain anonymous, said they were sexually assaulted by a bartender working at the resort. They also said they were shot at by someone who appeared to be a security guard.

Tbnewswatch.com contacted the resort via an interpretor Monday and received confirmation that Johanny Arvelo is an employee. Arvelo, however, was not available for comment. A request to speak with a resort manager was denied.

Police officers local to that area of Puerto Plata were also contacted but a person who identified himself as a captain was unaware of the allegations, but promised that the force would be looking into the matter.

In an interview with Thunder Bay Television, the women say they were expecting to meet with the RCMP Tuesday.



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