A woman says she was left partially blind after being strangled and repeatedly beaten inside her hotel room by a man she had socialised with earlier in the night.
Lexie York, 29, from Ottawa, in Canada, said she was travelling alone in Cancún, in Mexico, and headed to the restaurant of Grand Bahia Principe resort in Tulum after checking in on November 10 (local time), CTV Ottawa reported.
After socialising with two couples in the restaurant, Ms York told the network she went back to her room, but soon after received a knock at her door.
She said it was one of the men from earlier, who allegedly then forced his way into her room and began attacking her.
“That’s when he started strangling me,” she said, alleging he proceeded to deliver several harsh blows to her head and face.
“I was on the floor and could barely see. It was my immediate thought to get out of that room and go look for help.”
She eventually managed to escape and was reportedly taken to a hospital in Playa del Carmen, before being taken to a hospital in Cancun where she underwent nine hours of plastic surgery, CTV reported.
“She has nerve damage in her face. The swelling is kind of going down now, but at the time it was quite bad,” her brother told CBC.
A man named Ricardo Sanchez Pichardo has been charged with attempted murder in relation to the attack, according to CTV.
Ms York, who works as a flight attendant, was a regular solo traveller and told the network she wouldn’t be travelling on her own again.
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