Pitcher's guest accused of theft
A woman who told police that she was bound and robbed in a Downtown hotel room while accompanying Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman on a road trip is accused of stealing money from a companion in Maryland.
Shahryar Kamouei, 38, of Baltimore said on Thursday that Claudia Manrique, whom Pittsburgh police questioned for about 12 hours in connection with this week's hotel incident, took cash from his room during a December trip to Las Vegas and later transferred $2,000 from his online bank account.
Baltimore County police in March charged Manrique, 26, of Silver Spring, Md., with theft for the bank transfer. Court records show the case is pending.
Manrique could not be reached for comment.
Pittsburgh police released little new information on Tuesday's incident in the Omni William Penn, other than to say they don't believe it was a random attack.
"This is a case of its own," police spokeswoman Diane Richard said. "This isn't something that typically happens at that hotel, or any hotel. This has been an isolated case."
Detectives took surveillance video from the hotel and talked to staffers.
"It was all people from out of town," hotel marketing director Bob Page said. "We're certainly comfortable with our security procedures and our security coverage at the hotel and what we do there."
Chapman was at PNC Park with his team playing the Pirates in a rain-delayed game when Manrique said the robbery occurred. She told police that she was in the room just after 10 p.m. when a man knocked on the door and said he worked for maintenance and was there to fix the toilet. When Manrique let him inside, he demanded items in the room, and when she refused, he tied her up with cloth napkins and stole more than $6,000 worth of belongings, police said.
Nearby hotel guests heard Manrique screaming and called police. Detectives questioned her on Wednesday before releasing her to a man whom police described as her estranged husband. She was not injured.
Manrique, a U.S. resident from Colombia, told police that she met Chapman in Baltimore two months ago and has been seeing him since then. He asked her to come to Pittsburgh, and she arrived on Tuesday but decided not to attend the game, police said.
Kamouei said he met Manrique while she worked as a stripper in Baltimore. She used to work at a club his family owns, he said.
The two hit it off and went on a trip to Las Vegas together in December, where she took cash from his room, Kamouei said.
According to a police report, Kamouei accused Manrique of using his online bank account to transfer $2,000 to her account in January.
Manrique in February accused Kamouei of harassing her. Court records show that case was dropped.