Woman escapes DeWitt hotel room of horrors after repeated rapes by couple, police, witness say

DeWitt, NY — A 34-year-old woman repeatedly raped by a Massachusetts couple at a DeWitt hotel was able to escape and seek refuge with the front desk receptionist, according to court documents.

The woman had been hit, beaten with a baton and abused with sex toys in a hotel room, police said in court papers.

The Red Roof Inn receptionist gave police a chilling statement describing what happened at about 9:30 am Tuesday when the woman – dressed only in a shirt – ran to the front desk for help.

“Help me,” the woman yelled the receptionist said. “I have been kidnapped.”

The woman asked the receptionist to hide her and call 911, according to the receptionist’s affidavit. The woman hid the crying woman in a nearby closet as she spoke to Onondaga County 911 Center dispatchers.

The receptionist told police she could see visible injuries on the woman and briefly assumed she had fallen down the stairs, according to the affidavit. There were rings on her wrists that indicated she may have been tied up, according to the affidavit.

The woman told the receptionist, who had been working at the hotel near Carrier Circle for a little over a year and a half, that she had been raped and assaulted in Room 207 by a man and a woman while two young children were in the room, according to the affidavit.

The receptionist told police she remembered checking a couple with two children into the room on Aug. 18 and told police that the room was rented by Tasheana Flannery, 30, according to the affidavit. Flannery was accompanied by a man and two children, a boy and a girl, according to the affidavit.

The man was later determined to be Dustin Wilson, 27, according to a criminal complaint filed in DeWitt Town Court. Wilson and Flannery have both been charged with rape and other crimes.

The victim told the receptionist that the couple had tied her up and repeatedly beat her with a police baton, according to the affidavit. The woman said the couple was armed with a machete as well as the baton, according to the affidavit.

Wilson and Flannery repeatedly raped the woman and occasionally used “sex devices” to abuse and hurt her, police said in court documents Both Wilson and Flannery forced the woman to perform oral sex on them, police said.

The abuse occurred while Flannery’s children were in the two-bed hotel room, police said in the court papers. The children were aware of the situation, police said.

The woman was somehow able to slip away from the couple and run to the front office, according to a news release Wednesday from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman finally came out of the closet in the lobby when the receptionist told her that the police were on the way.

It is still unclear how the woman ended up in the hotel room with Wilson and Flannery. The woman told police she met the couple at the hotel, deputies said.

The receptionist said that she heard nothing out of the ordinary coming from room 207 during their stay and the front desk did not receive any complaints, according to the affidavit. Wilson and Flannery were scheduled to check out Thursday.

Deputies found the couple inside the room at the hotel at 6614 Thompson Road and arrested them, according to the news release.

Wilson and Flannery were charged with:

  • First-degree rapist
  • Three counts of first-degree criminal sexual act
  • Two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual abuse
  • Second-degree assault
  • Fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon
  • Second-degree unlawful imprisonment
  • Two counts of endangering the welfare of a child

They are currently being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center. The Massachusetts couple was arraigned in DeWitt Town Court.

Wilson is being held without bail, according to Onondaga County Justice Center inmate records. Flannery is being held on $25,000 cash bail and $50,000 bond.

Massachusetts public arrest logs show Wilson was charged in Ayer earlier this year on warrants and for allegedly carrying a dangerous weapon, MassLive reported. Flannery was charged in March yesterday with trespassing for allegedly walking or riding on a railroad track, the news outlet reported.

Staff writer Anne Hayes covers breaking news, crime and public safety. Have a tip, a story idea, a question or a comment? You can reach her at ahayes@syracuse.com.

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