6 Rapes Mar Daytona Beach Spring Break
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There have been six reported rapes in Daytona Beach during spring break, all of which occurred in one week.
Daytona Beach police said the reported rapes happened the first week of spring break and they are unrelated. A man was arrested in connection with one of the rapes, while authorities search for the other suspects.
One attack happened at a resort and spa. Another four occurred behind a popular beachfront restaurant and one on the mainland. All but one of the victims were young spring breakers and either alcohol or drugs were factors, police said.
Police said reported rapes usually increase in March because of vacationers on spring break. Last year, there were 41 sexual assaults in Daytona Beach.
“It’s a sad commentary that we have young men who feel, because the woman are all liquored up, that it’s OK to take advantage of her,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood said. “I got news for you: You are going to think twice if we find you and lock you up because you are now labeled a rapist.”
One group of spring breakers from Rhode Island said Wednesday that they experienced some problems with aggressive men. They said spring break has gotten out of control.
“I was personally grabbed in the club and the minute it happened, I was done with spring break and wanted to go home,” Kerry Dellatorre said.
Police advised women to travel in groups, even to the restroom. He also questions parents who allow high school and college students to travel to Daytona on their own.