Man Wanted for Sexual Assault, Attempted Murder

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Panama City Beach police have arrested a hotel security guard accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old spring breaker.

They say Shawn Wuertley was on duty when he allegedly took the Alabama girl into an empty room and assaulted her. The two began to struggle and he pushed the girl over a sixth floor balcony. She landed in a second-floor stairwell and suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Police say they arrested Wuertley in another area of Bay County this afternoon. He'll be booked on charges of attempted felony murder, sexual battery and false imprisonment. It's not immediately known if he has a lawyer.

Authorities say Wuertley was questioned this morning but they did not have enough information to charge him so he was released.

A background check later turned up an outstanding arrest warrant from Indiana on a burglary charge.

A supervisor at the Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort, where the girl was staying, declined to comment.
Information from: The News Herald,

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  • by Chad Location: Dothan on Mar 19, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    What do they not do background checks?? I have to give my life story to rent a simple room, and he works there with a criminal background...GOOD LORD!!
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