Aroldis Chapman: Cincinnati Reds Fireballer Victim of Bizarre Hotel Robbery
Cincinnati Reds pitching phenom Aroldis Chapman reportedly had his hotel room robbed on Tuesday night during the team's outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
UPDATE: Friday, June 1 at 3:40 p.m. EST by Adam Wells
The plot thickens in the Chapman Hotel Room Robbery story, as new details from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the woman who was bound to the bed is having problems keeping her story straight.
According to the Post-Gazette, the woman originally told police that the attacker disguised himself as a maintenance man in the hotel and he stole the items in the room.
As the police questioning went on, she said she met him at a CVS Pharmacy earlier in the day and "he stole her wallet and threatened to harm her friend if she did not tell him in which room she and the Cuban ballplayer were staying, according to police reports."
Again, more layers that just keep making the story strange. Who knows what wonders tomorrow will bring?
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UPDATE: Friday, June 1 at 3:20 p.m. EST by Adam Wells
As we get deeper into the Chapman robbery case, things tend to get even more confusing. According to WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, an ex-boyfriend of the woman who was tied up said that she used to steal from him.
A police report says that [Shahryar] Kamouei, of Baltimore, accuses Manrique of stealing $2,000 by accessing his bank account online while he was out of the room. That case is still under investigation.
"I called her numerous times, trying get my money back," Kamouei told investigative reporter Paul Van Osdol. "She said, 'I don't know what you're calling about, I'm calling the cops.'"
He also went on to say that she told him she "only married to get a green card."
This whole situation is unfolding like an M. Night Shyamalan movie, with twists and turns at every corner that you can't keep up with it.
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UPDATE: Thursday, May 31 at 11:10 a.m. EDT by Adam Wells
The plot thickens in this strange case, as the woman who was tied up in Chapman's hotel room was questioned by police on Wednesday.
According to Sadie Gurman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Chapman told police that he had recently started dating the woman.
Mr. Chapman, a 24-year-old left-handed pitcher, told police that he and Ms. Manrique recently started dating after meeting in the Baltimore area.
But earlier in that same report, it says that Manrique was released from the police station at about 8:30 p.m."to a man whom they identified as her husband."
The deeper this whole thing goes, the stranger it gets. All we really know for sure is that a lot of things were stolen and Manrique was tied up in the hotel room.
The report claims Chapman was staying at the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh with his teammates, but was not in the room at the time of the robbery. The incident took place during the Reds' 8-1 rain-delayed victory.
The details behind the robbery are shocking. According to the report, cops were alerted to the robbery because a woman staying with Chapman was heard screaming. Hotel officials claim that she was found tied up and bound with napkins.
The Post-Gazette goes on to explain how the incident reportedly went down:
The woman, who was taken to UPMC Mercy, told police she answered a knock at the door to find a man claiming to be from the hotel's maintenance department, there to fix a toilet. The woman opened the door and the man entered and demanded various items from the room, police said. When the woman refused, she said, he tied her up and took jewelry, clothing, a computer, credit cards and ID cards, the news release said.
The hotel has offered its full cooperation, and the surveillance tapes will be scanned for evidence, but this wild story will likely strike a chord with those who travel.
Police have found no suspects yet, but are convinced that the perpetrator was not an employee of the hotel.
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