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Ohio Man Who Allegedly Attacked Hotel Front Desk Employees Broadcast Incident On Facebook Live: Sheriff

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Source: Lucas County Corrections; UNSPLASH

Jun. 29 2022, Published 10:07 a.m. ET

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An Ohio man accused of attacking multiple female hotel workers broadcast the incident on social media, authorities said.

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On the morning of June 26, James Dotson went to the Courtyard by Marriott in Springfield Township and requested a room, according to the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.

When hotel employees informed Dotson that no rooms were available at the time, he told them he would wait for his ride to show up and then went to a bathroom on the property, the sheriff’s office said.

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“Upon exiting the restroom, the suspect ran through the lobby and began physically attacking two female desk clerks without provocation,” the sheriff’s office alleged, noting that one of the clerks “was being strangled and dragged down a back hallway.”

A third employee, Timothy Mockensturm, rushed to help the front desk workers and managed to free the woman who was in a choke hold before subduing Dotson until help could arrive, said the sheriff’s office.

Law enforcement officials praised the man’s “heroic efforts.”

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Investigators “later discovered that the suspect recorded this incident via Facebook Live,” the sheriff said.

Dotson faces multiple charges in connection to the incident, including assault, trespassing, and felony drug abuse.

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