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Man accused of crimes at Don CeSar Beach Resort

ST. PETE BEACH — On Tuesday night, Travis Emmett Wiley pulled a stolen car into the Don CeSar Beach Resort parking lot and left it there — engine running and lights on, police said.

He wouldn't be seen at the hotel again until noon Wednesday. That's when Wiley, 29, forced his way into a room on the fifth floor, stole credit cards and electronics and injured a married couple, St. Pete Beach police reported.

Minutes later, as Wiley ran from hotel security on the beach, he noticed a bikini-clad woman sleeping facedown on the sand and wearing headphones.

Police say Wiley approached her from behind, pulled down her swimsuit and fondled her with his hand.

"I'm Jesus," he said, according to an arrest affidavit.

He took off running, but it wasn't long before authorities caught up to Wiley, who has no known address.

Police slapped him with 13 charges, and more could be coming. The charges include sexual battery, home invasion robbery, strong-arm robbery, two counts of felony battery, and possessing stolen property.

He was in the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $212,000 bail.

Security guards investigated the mysterious car about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

The guards could see a man meandering around the hotel in surveillance footage, but could not find him, said St. Pete Beach Sgt. Ray Anthony.

Police do not know where he went between that appearance and the next, when he posed as a hotel employee and knocked on a married couple's door Wednesday afternoon.

He hit the wife with the door, according to an arrest report. He tried leaving with a suitcase and backpack containing credit cards, cell phone and laptop, but her husband stopped him.

The two fought before Wiley got away with some items.

John Marks, the hotel's general manager, said the couple are okay and checked out at their planned time. They got their belongings back, too.

Records show Wiley has been convicted of drug possession, grand theft and trespassing in recent years.

Man accused of crimes at Don CeSar Beach Resort 05/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 11:01pm]
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