A man has been arrested after he allegedly tried to waterboard a woman in a Nevada hotel room, the Record-Courier reports.
Authorities on Tuesday arrested 25-year-old Alexander J. Hatzis of California on charges of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.
The incident took place at the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa in Stateline, Nevada, which borders California along Lake Tahoe.
Sources from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office told the Record-Courier that the victim alerted hotel security that Hatzis was behaving aggressively. The woman, who has not been identified, was Hatzis’ girlfriend.
The victim reportedly told authorities that Hatzis had lifted her up and then dropped her. She further alleged that he sat on her, stuffed a shirt down her mouth and then doused her face with water, according to the newspaper.
The victim said she was not able to breath and eventually became unconscious.
When confronted with the allegation by deputies, Hatzis claimed that he merely had put water on her face to “try and calm her down,” a police report states.
Investigators found a shirt and empty water bottles inside the hotel room.
Prosecutions stemming from allegations of waterboarding are not new. In December, a couple in Utah was accused of waterboarding their 9-year-old daughter in multiple instances as a form of punishment.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the couple was angry that the girl had gotten out of bed at night to drink water.
The parents brought the girl into a bathroom, where they covered her face, bound her hands and poured the water on top of her so she could not breathe.
At one point, the girl’s stepmother warned the girl that she “could die from this happening,” court records state.
The parents were charged with child abuse.