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Police investigating assault at Comic Con
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A 29-year-old cosplay photographer was arrested Sunday morning at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina hotel in connection with the discovery of a bloodied and unconscious 17-year-old cosplayer in town for San Diego Comic-Con.

Justin Kalior was arrested early Sunday morning, July 27, in the hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive, police told Polygon. He was booked into San Diego County Jail later that day on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a police press release. Kalior was not charged with assault and police have not clarified if they are looking for another suspect in the case, saying only that the investigation is ongoing.

The girl, who turned 17 Sunday and whose name is being withheld to protect her identity, has regained consciousness but is still hospitalized.

Kalior told Polygon that he is friends with the victim and that he drove her to the convention that day so they could both attend. She was dressed as a female Roger Rabbit and he was planning on spending the day taking pictures of cosplayers. He said the two do not have any relationship beyond a friendship and that he doesn't know what happened to her. He denied having sex with the victim or giving her any alcohol.

According to Kalior, he and the victim were in the lobby of the hotel, which is often used for Comic-Con events, around midnight Sunday morning when the two got into an argument about leaving.

"I just wanted to call it a night and take her home to her parents and be on my way...," he said. "She ran off and I didn't follow. She didn't answer the phone. She was gone for so long I asked security if they had seen her."

About an hour later, he said, security found the girl unconscious and bloodied in the hotel's pool area. He added he was with security when they heard she had been discovered and police were notified. The hotel manager did not return calls seeking comment.

"When the police searched her purse it stated she was 17," Kalior said, adding that he thought she was 20. Kalior was arrested at the scene and later released on bond.

The girl was taken to a local hospital's intensive care unit where she was treated for skull and eye-socket fractures and cerebral hemorrhaging, among other injuries.

Kalior, who also goes by the name Stuntman Justin, runs a YouTube channel and Facebook page called Project Cosplay. In his latest Facebook update, posted early Wednesday morning after his arrest and subsequent release, Kalior said he attended San Diego Comic-Con but doesn't feel like it is appropriate to share the photos he took because of what happened to a "close friend." He said the victim was "assaulted and left in critical condition at the convention."

"This has been a few very hard days for me," he wrote. "I wasn't there for her when this happened and I regret every second. I just hope that she pulls through this with a safe and fast recovery, please pray for her."

The girl's mother posted on her Facebook page that she received a call from police early Sunday morning, July 27, saying that her daughter was "found on the side of the road covered in blood with no ID unconscious."

Sunday night the girl's father updated his Facebook page, writing, "Worst night ever... daughter in ICU San Diego brain bleed still waiting for answers. I love you. Get well. Falling apart..."

Tuesday morning, the mother updated her Facebook account to say the teen was improving. "A better day ... each day she is getting better ... very grateful."

News of the apparent attack kicked off a wave of support from both the cosplayer community and other San Diego Comic-Con attendees. The victim's mother declined to comment for this story, but said she did want to talk in the future about the support the cosplayer community gave her family.

Friends and strangers sent tips to both the San Diego Harbor Police and the family, hoping to help them piece together what happened Saturday night. They also sent well wishes to the family.

"My positive thoughts are with your family," one wrote. "I have private messaged you with some information. I am so sorry for this time."

Another wrote: "From Chile with all of the love. Hope to have any good news soon! The cosplayer community here in my country are in shock about what happened."

http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/30/5952709/san-diego-comic-con-cosplay-assault
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So was she found in the hotel's pool area or the side of the road? That's a big difference here. To clarify "sexual contact with a minor" is a term used in CA and other states for statutory rape / rape.

I truly feel sorry for this girl and hope she recovers though depending on how long she was hemorrhaging and how hard she was hit, she very well may have permanent brain damage. I'd be interested to learn if her injuries look as if a fist did it or a weapon. The guy was not charged with assaulting her which means he had no marks on his hands. You don't cause that amount of damage to someone while using bare hands without also hurting yourself. If a weapon was used I would have to guess it was him and my last question is; how do they know he had sex with her?

My only guess on that is that he told this to police, which I doubt, or he raped her which showed up on an assessment examination and found his DNA which they did charge him with rape anyways.

So, we have a rapist and a girl beaten nearly to death which given her injuries is felony assault.
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Hm, well that is most unfortunate.
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now thats messed up
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So was she found in the hotel's pool area or the side of the road? That's a big difference here. To clarify "sexual contact with a minor" is a term used in CA and other states for statutory rape / rape.

I truly feel sorry for this girl and hope she recovers though depending on how long she was hemorrhaging and how hard she was hit, she very well may have permanent brain damage. I'd be interested to learn if her injuries look as if a fist did it or a weapon. The guy was not charged with assaulting her which means he had no marks on his hands. You don't cause that amount of damage to someone while using bare hands without also hurting yourself. If a weapon was used I would have to guess it was him and my last question is; how do they know he had sex with her?

My only guess on that is that he told this to police, which I doubt, or he raped her which showed up on an assessment examination and found his DNA which they did charge him with rape anyways.

So, we have a rapist and a girl beaten nearly to death which given her injuries is felony assault.
Apparently she doesn't have any memory of what happened. The guy was released on bail for "sexual contact" but not enough information about whether it was him who assaulted her.

This video reveal more information about his bail and what happened to the girl afterwards http://www.10news.com/news/man-linked-to-attack-on-17-year-old-female-comic-con-attendee-arrested
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Basically, there's currently no evidence (or nothing concrete) that links the photographer to the beating. I'm not interested in running off with the assumption that he did it. Instead, I'll wait for proper evidence to arise.

Okay-- We've got two locations that are said to be the crime scene; pool area and the side of a road. Is the pool by the road? Is one incorrect?
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That's some f'ed up shit.
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Apparently she doesn't have any memory of what happened. The guy was released on bail for "sexual contact" but not enough information about whether it was him who assaulted her.

This video reveal more information about his bail and what happened to the girl afterwards http://www.10news.com/news/man-linked-to-attack-on-17-year-old-female-comic-con-attendee-arrested


It makes a lot of sense that her memory would be compromised, I am glad to hear she is awake and talking though.

The guy wasn't charged with the physical assault but I have a feeling he will be. In the time frame of one evening for her to have been sexually assaulted and then physically assaulted by two different people would be surprising, not impossible, but unlikely. Like the poster above me I agree that it's too soon to know anything concrete beyond the guy sexually assaulting the girl, even so. It makes little sense for this guy to start defending himself before even being charged by saying he was with security when her body was found.


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Basically, we can assume that there's currently no evidence of the photographer having been involved in the assault. As mention, the investigation is on-going. Until something concrete is unearthed, I won't ignore the possibility of the photographer being innocent, regarding the violence. I strongly believe that it's too soon to tell. All they've got is proof that he had sexual contact with her.

Also, the police having had leaked false information to the girl's mother disturbs me.


Yeah, he could be innocent of physically assaulting the girl but he is guilty of sexually assaulting her, I'd be surprised if in court he's found innocent of that. As for the slip of wrongful information, most likely that wasn't from the police. The mother is distraught and worse yet is subjecting herself to social media. I wouldn't be surprised if she's mixing up what she has been told with what she has read online. You are absolutely right though, it's too soon to know anything 100%. She's 17 and he's 29 so forced or consensual, it still falls under a sexual assault charge.
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About an hour later, he said, security found the girl unconscious and bloodied in the hotel's pool area.

Or

The girl's mother posted on her Facebook page that she received a call from police early Sunday morning, July 27, saying that her daughter was "found on the side of the road covered in blood with no ID unconscious."

What the heck is going on? I swear I hate reading this kind of work.

Okay, nice to know, Be more careful next time.
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I don't really see anything saying that they are 100% sure he sexually assaulted her either though. If I missed that somewhere maybe someone could point it out to me? They charged him with sexual contact but that doesn't necessarily mean they have evidence that it was really him. Until I read that they found DNA evidence or she said he did it or even he said he did it I won't even assume he is guilty of that much.
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So they're close friends but he didn't know she was 17? I totally buy it.
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Yeah, he could be innocent of physically assaulting the girl but he is guilty of sexually assaulting her, I'd be surprised if in court he's found innocent of that. As for the slip of wrongful information, most likely that wasn't from the police. The mother is distraught and worse yet is subjecting herself to social media. I wouldn't be surprised if she's mixing up what she has been told with what she has read online. You are absolutely right though, it's too soon to know anything 100%. She's 17 and he's 29 so forced or consensual, it still falls under a sexual assault charge.


What bothers me is the possibility of him being railroaded, which could result in other people getting off scot free. Hopefully, that's not the case. I feel that a thorough investigation is best, just in case.
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The findings do not affect the charges against Kalior
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