Woman is allegedly raped by a local hotel employee: UPDATE

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***Update: 7 News contacted IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), parent company of Holiday Inn, about the alleged attack. They provided us with the following statement.

"IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), owner of the Holiday Inn® brand, holds the safety, comfort and well-being of all guests and employees as our top priority and concern. The Holiday Inn Lake Charles is a franchised hotel, which is independently owned and operated. The hotel management will continue to cooperate fully with local authorities in their investigation. All further questions should be directed to the Lake Charles Police Department."

Update: Lake Charles Police confirm that the hotel employee who allegedly raped a guest is a convicted sex offender. According to the Louisiana State Police Sex Offender Registry Detrick Pettigrew was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 1994 in Texas. 7 News also asked about IHG's policy for doing background checks on employees.  Their response follows. 

"The Holiday Inn Lake Charles is independently owned and operated.  As such, IHG does not get involved with the employment hiring policies at the hotel. IHG requires all franchises bearing our brand names to comply with all applicable state and local legal requirements in relation to employee hiring and other employment policies.  The law differs by state on whether an employer may take arrest and certain conviction records into consideration in making employment decisions.  Fairness to applicants dictates that the employers make those decisions on a case by case basis in accordance with the law in their jurisdictions. Upon being made aware of the situation, we contacted the management of the hotel. We can confirm that the employee in question has been terminated from the hotel." ***

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - According to police, a woman, who was a guest at the Holiday Inn, on Lake Street, in Lake Charles, was in her room when a man entered and proceeded to beat and rape her. Police believe 39-year-old Detrick Pettigrew of Lake Charles is responsible, and tonight he is behind bars at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a $50-thousand bond.

Police say Pettigrew, who was an employee at the Holiday Inn, managed to get into the victim's room with an all access key card.

"What the detectives investigation uncovered, is that this person checked into this hotel room. She was in her room at the time that this intruder came to her. We leaned that the person that is responsible for this forcible rape is an employee at the hotel, with an all access key card. He allowed himself to go into her room. That's when he forcibly raped her. Once he left the room, she contacted the Lake Charles Police Department. We arrived immediately thereafter. He was still on the scene, and that person was arrested, as a result of this rape," said Sgt. Mark Kraus with the Lake Charles Police Department.

7 News has contacted The Holiday Inn, where the rape allegedly occurred. They have declined to comment at this time.

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