Are visitors safe inside motel rooms?
January 6, 2015
A 31-year-old man allegedly broke into a Santa Barbara motel room and sexually assaulted a female tourist. [KSBY]
At about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, Felipe Martinez Gallegos allegedly used a key that was not returned from a previous stay at the motel to enter a 52-year-old woman’s room. Gallegos then confronted the victim, sexually assaulted her and stopped her from using her cell phone to call for help.
The suspect then ran away, but police later caught him and arrested him. Officers booked Gallegos in Santa Barbara County Jail on $1 million bail.
Police have not identified the hotel where the alleged assault occurred, but they say it is located in the 100 block of West Cabrillo Avenue.