MIAMI (CN) - A Jamaican resort ignored a terrified guest's calls for help for "hours" as thugs tried to force their way into her room, and she had to jump off a second-floor balcony to escape them, the woman claims in court.
Demetria Singletary sued Grupo Pinero and Bahia Principe dba Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay, in Federal Court.
Grupo Pinero, of Spain, owns and operates the Jamaican resort through its co-defendant, Florida-based subsidiary.
"On Oct. 10, 2010, Plaintiff, Ms. Singletary, was a guest of the Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway," the complaint states. "On that evening, unknown and unidentified individuals forcibly attempted to gain access to Ms. Singletary's guestroom.
"From outside her guestroom, these unidentified assailants made known their intention to assault Ms. Singletary once they gained access. Ms. Singletary called the front desk pleading for help. Ms. Singletary's calls for aid were ignored by hotel management.
"In the early morning hours on or about October 12, 2010, after hours of repeated attempts to gain entry to her guestroom, the door began to give way. Through the door, her assailants again made clear their intention to brutally assault Ms. Singletary. At this point, Ms. Singletary retreated to her balcony. With the door yielding to the ongoing assault and in imminent fear for her life, Ms. Singletary desperately attempted to flee from her would be attackers to the of the guestroom located floor beneath hers [sic]. In so doing, Ms. Singletary was unable to maintain her grip and she subsequently fell two stories, causing severe injuries.
"Ms. Singletary remained on the ground where she fell for approximately forty-five minutes before any resort personnel came to her aid."
She seeks damages for negligence, injuries, permanent disability, medical treatment, mental anguish and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life.
She is represented by Robert Parks of Miami.