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Police: Men beat hotel owner while claiming they were ‘real Americans’

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, March 15, 2013, at 12:58 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 7:23 a.m.

A woman claiming her hotel room contained hidden cameras got a refund Thursday, then returned with two men who beat the owner while claiming they were “real Americans,” police said.

The incident unfolded shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday when the 47-year-old woman wanted her money back after she paid for a hotel room at the Pawnee Inn at 532 E. Pawnee, Lt. Joe Schroeder said.

“She believed there were hidden cameras” in her room, Schroeder said.

The owner refunded her money and she left, but a short time later returned with two men who forced their way into the office area “claiming they were real Americans” and then began beating the hotel owner.

They then fled the area, Schroeder said. The owner was not seriously injured.

Police found the woman and booked her into the Sedgwick County Jail on a warrant unrelated to the incident, Schroeder said. The other two suspects in the incident have not been found.

The police report on the case does not confirm or refute the woman’s allegation, Schroeder said. A hotel employee declined comment.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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