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A York City man accused of brutally beating and robbing a prostitute at gunpoint remains locked up, awaiting his preliminary hearing.

Christian Rosado Rivera, 27, of the 300 block of Garfield Street, is in York County Prison on $350,000 bail, charged with aggravated assault, robbery, strangulation and attempted simple assault.

West Manchester Township Police said he attacked a Virginia woman inside a room at the Best Western Westgate Inn, 1415 Kenneth Road, shortly after 6 p.m. Jan. 12.

After pointing a handgun at the woman, Rivera punched and choked her, police said.

The woman's injuries included a broken nose, two black eyes, broken capillaries on her right eye and bruises on her face and neck, according to charging documents.

Although she lives in Virginia, the 38-year-old woman travels to York, Harrisburg and Philadelphia for business and has "established clients" in the York area, documents state.

Rivera's preliminary hearing has been continued to April 17 before District Judge Keith Albright, according to court records.

Rivera met the woman in a room at the Westgate Inn, told her his name was "Gino," paid her $175 for sex and then the two of them engaged in intercourse, according to charging documents.

Brandished gun: Afterward, he pointed a handgun at her and demanded all her money, police allege.

At first, the woman thought Rivera was kidding, but she realized he wasn't when he started going through her possessions and shoved the barrel of his gun against the back of her head, documents state.

Rivera rifled through the woman's purse and a bag of her items, taking back the $175 he had paid her, plus another $150, according to charging documents.

He then demanded more money, despite the woman saying she didn't have any other money, police said.

Rivera found a $100 bill that fell out of the woman's passport, and he took that cash as well as her passport and started putting them in his pockets, documents state.

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As he took her passport, Rivera warned her that he now knows who she is and would "f— up her life" if she called police, according to documents.

It was around then that the woman got a better look at Rivera's gun — which he had tucked into a pocket — and realized there was no magazine in it, police said.

She lunged at him in an effort to get back her passport and cash, and they began to struggle, according to police.

Nearly passed out: During the struggle, Rivera punched her repeatedly, police said; he also wrapped his hands around her neck and choked her at least four times, documents allege.

At one point, Rivera used his forearm on her neck to cut off her airway, police said.

The woman eventually stopped struggling because she started to pass out from Rivera choking her, documents allege.

She managed to knock the receiver off the landline phone in the hotel room and hit "0," then started screaming for help.

Rivera started to flee, and the woman was able to grab her passport as well as her $100 bill back from him, police said.

When hotel employees got to the room, Rivera told them the woman had tried to rob him, then fled the hotel room, leaving her bloody and beaten, according to charging documents.

He left behind his gun when he fled, police said.

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The woman was examined at York Hospital by a forensic nurse who documented her injuries for police, charging documents state.

Detailed description: She also was able to provide a detailed physical description of Rivera to investigators, including that he had a tattoo of the name "Sofia" on his chest or right shoulder and a number of religious-themed tattoos, police said.

A hotel employee told police she saw Rivera hitting the woman when hotel staff opened the room door. The employee said she told him she was calling police, which is when he left the hotel, police said.

As he left, he said, "b— think she gonna steal my money," charging documents state.

Hotel employees also told police the victim was naked and bloody, and that there was blood all over the room, according to police. Best Western has said damage to the hotel room cost hundreds of dollars to repair, police said.

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Detective Sgt. Jeff Snell wrote in charging documents that he was able to track down Rivera, in part, by tracking the cellphone number Rivera used to exchange texts with the prostitute.

Rivera's criminal history in Puerto Rico includes charges of assault and burglary as well as drug offenses, according to charging documents.

It's unclear whether Rivera has retained a defense attorney.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

 

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