A man is in the Oklahoma County Detention Center after police said he broke into a downtown hotel room and fondled a 10-year-old girl.
Police documents said 45-year-old Ivory Walker posed as a member of the cleaning staff in order to access the room.
Authorities said the young girl left a festival Sunday afternoon and went back to a room at The Omni Hotel where she was staying with her mother and sister. The 10-year-old expected to be alone in the room, but police said Walker was inside.
“She believed the man was in there cleaning, believed he worked for the hotel,” Oklahoma City Police Department Master Sergeant Gary Knight said.
Police said Walker did not work for the hotel.
The 10-year-old told officers she sat down on the bed, and Walker followed her.
“He went over to sit down on the bed, removed his shoes, grabbed her and pulled her toward him and tried to hold her there,” Knight said.
Authorities said she was able to push off the attacker and get out of the room before heading to the front desk to alert authorities.
Court documents also said the 10-year-old wasn’t the only person to encounter Walker. Her 15-year-old sister saw him just minutes before.
The 15-year-old told police Walker followed her into the room under the premise that he was there to clean.
“She thought something may be wrong, too, and she got away from him, as well,” Knight said.
Her unsuspecting 10-year-old sister would walk in the room moments later.
Police and hotel security later found Walker on a different floor. He was booked on burglary and sexual battery complaints.
Knight said the sisters’ instincts served them well.
“In both cases, the girls knew something was not right and they got out of that situation and alerted authorities which is exactly what we tell people to do,” Knight said.