PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After more than five hours of questioning at Pittsburgh’s Zone 2 police station Wednesday, the woman who says an intruder tied her up in the hotel room of Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Aroldis Chapman walked out of the building with no action taken against her.
Claudia Manrique was escorted out of Zone 2 by a man police said was her husband. She had a blanket over her head and did not respond to questions from KDKA’s Kym Gable.
A lieutenant said no charges were filed against Manrique. He would not say why they questioned her so extensively.
It all started late Tuesday night, when someone knocked on the door to the room registered to Chapman. He was not inside the room. He was still at PNC Park.
KDKA’s Kym Gable reports:
Pittsburgh police say the 26-year-old Columbian woman answered the door of Chapman’s room. A man identified himself as a maintenance worker and said he was there to fix the toilet.
Upon entering, the man demanded certain items in the room. Manrique refused. The man then allegedly tied up her hands with cloth napkins and ransacked the room taking jewelry, clothing, a notebook computer, credit cards and ID cards.
Manrique’s screaming attracted attention from other hotel guests who alerted hotel security.
Manrique, described as Chapman’s escort, told detectives that at the time of the heist, Chapman was playing the Pirates at PNC Park.
KDKA’s Heather Abraham reports:
Chapman, dubbed the Cuban missile, is 24, and defected from Cuba in 2009.
Manrique speaks English and does not need a translator. The Cincinnati Reds’ locker room was closed to some media Wednesday afternoon, but a club spokesperson said they are fully cooperating with investigators.
The Omni William Penn’s marketing director said the hotel has lots of surveillance camera video and it has all been turned over to police.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at (412)-255-2828.
KDKA’s Mary Robb Jackson reports: