Scary: Hilton Guest Woken Up to Manager Sucking on His Toes

by Anthony Losanno
Feet on Bed

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I always check the closets, behind the curtains, and under the bed before I deadbolt the door of my hotel room for the night. My thoughts are that I’ll be able to handle things better if someone is in my room while I’m wide awake. Apparently, a guest in Nashville forgot to use the safety locks and woke up in a scary situation.

Hilton Downtown Nashville

Several news outlets (and Your Mileage May Vary) have reported that a guest at the Hilton Nashville Downtown (pictured above; credit: Hilton) was abruptly awoken to find someone sucking on his toes while he slept in his hotel room. The police report filed by the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department states that the night manager, David Neal, allegedly made a copy of the guest room key and used it to enter the guest’s room around 5:00 AM.

The guest told NewsChannel5:

I was in Nashville for a work conference. I awoke to a gentleman, an employee of the Hilton, assaulting me. [I] instantly jumped up and was screaming. Went into sort of fact-finding mode. Who are you? Why are you in my room? What are you doing here? I could see he was wearing a uniform, he had his name tag on. He was talking to me but not giving me any substantive answers.”

Neal had met the guest the day before when he entered his room with another employee to fix the TV. He admitted to police that he entered the guest’s room, but said he did so after he allegedly smelled smoke and wanted to check it out.

Mugshot Neal

Neal was arrested at his home in Lebanon, TN on May 5th. He was charged with aggravated burglary and assault and jailed on a $27,000 bond. (Photo credit above: Metro Nashville PD.)

Michelle Myers, a Hilton spokesperson said:

Hilton Nashville Downtown is independently owned and operated by a third party and no Hilton entity employs staff at this property. The safety and security of our guests is our top priority and Hilton takes matters such as these very seriously.”

The guest claims that he is suffering from PTSD and has filed a civil suit against Neal and Hilton.

Anthony’s Take: This is scary. I’ll be definitely double checking the locks on my next hotel stay.

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