Man accused of attacking hotel housekeeper

WOODSTOCK– A criminal complaint filed against Refugio Zermeno-Camarena, the defendant in a case involving several charges of non-consensual sexual activities, spells out some of the evidence law enforcement officials say they have obtained in their investigation.

Zermeno-Camarena, 23, of Butner, North Carolina, was arrested Friday on charges relating to an alleged assault against a hotel housekeeper. The complaint, filed in Shenandoah County General District Court, states the victim was working as a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Express, not the Hampton Inn & Suites as authorities previously reported. Zermeno-Camarena was a contract worker at the hotel. On April 6, according to the complaint, he attacked the victim at various times throughout the day.

The complaint states that throughout the morning, Zermeno-Camarena made lewd gestures toward the victim, the first of several sex-related offenses in a hotel room that she was working in. He left when his advances were rejected only to return several times.

The complaint also states that while the victim was cleaning a bathroom, he entered the same room and closed the door behind him, blocking her exit before attacking her more aggressively. The victim was eventually able to escape, the complaint states, and she reported the incident to her supervisor.

Zermeno-Camarena is facing charges of attempted forcible sodomy, abduction with the intent to defile, misdemeanor assault and two sexual battery charges, and is in custody at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

A preliminary hearing in this case is scheduled for May 15. If convicted, Zermeno-Camarena faces up to life imprisonment.

Contact staff writer Briahnna Brown at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or bbrown@nvdaily.com