Hotel beating, kidnapping caught on camera; police search for trio

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Posted on August 16, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 17 at 8:34 AM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- The search continues for a woman brutally beaten and kidnapped by her attacker. The violent act was caught on camera at a New Orleans hotel early Friday morning.

A warning, the video captured is graphic.

"It's just horrendous, and I think for those of us who live this and work this in this field every day. We know the terror that people go through," said Mary Claire Landry, executive director for the New Orleans Family Justice Center.

The violent confrontation unfolded inside the lobby of the Holiday Inn Hotel on Loyola Avenue, where at least two security cameras are focused on guests.

Surveillance video shows a woman speaking to what appears to be a hotel employee when just before 5 a.m. A man wearing a red shirt walks in, pulls the woman aside and starts to get violent. The unidentified woman is then pulled out of the hotel lobby and brutally beaten several times.

Another woman runs up to the couple and seems to be pleading with the man to stop. He pulls the half-conscious woman towards a nearby red car, but is stopped by that second woman. He finally manages to pull his victim into a silver or light colored BMW-type car and then drives away.

"If people really understood the whole scenario and really understood the dynamics of domestic violence and the power and control of relationships that go on. I think they'd have more sympathy and understanding of what these women are going through," said Landry.

The domestic violence expert hopes the brutal attack and kidnapping will help police track down the trio captured in the disturbing footage.

"There's got to be people in the community that know these people. Family members or friends will call. Because obviously this woman needs help," said Landry.

The NOPD says a six-year-old boy was discovered inside a hotel room booked by someone in that group. The child is now in protective custody.

If you can help identify anyone in that video, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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