The couple who physically and repeatedly assaulted Chrystal Caldwell at the Mystic Quality Inn in Stonington, Connecticut, was found in New York and arrested.
According to Caldwell, and security camera footage around the hotel, she was first approached by the couple over the lack of hot water in their hotel room. But when she offered to fix the situation, the couple instead threatened her, used racial slurs, and called her a monkey.
The couple repeatedly physically assaulted her. Caldwell sustained a severe concussion, among other injuries.
The night of the assault, the police were criticized for handling the situation poorly. The couple were not arrested and were allowed to return to the hotel and go back to their home in New York, while Caldwell was receiving medical attention at the hospital.
Since the assault on Caldwell first received media attention, the public and Caldwell have demanded justice.
At the time, Captain Todd Olson of the Stonington Police Department argued that the allegations made against his department were unwarranted.
“These are significant accusations, and we are taking it very seriously. We are doing the best we can to conduct this investigation in a manner that will hold the individual or individual(s) responsible for what they did.”
In partnership with the State Attorney, the plan was to arrest the two people involved in the assault on second- and third-degree assault charges.
Though the couple did not provide police with a home address, they were found back in New York in the area where they spend most of their time in Long Island.
The couple was identified as Philip Sarner and Emily Orbay. They were found in New York but transported back to Connecticut to be charged.
In security footage and Caldwell’s testimony, Orbay attacked her alone first. The couple then attacked Caldwell again, just minutes later, when she was getting ice from an ice machine for the injuries she had already sustained from Orbay’s solo attack.
As the story was updated on social media, many were relieved the couple would finally be charged for their repeated violent assaults on Caldwell.
The cell phone and onsite cameras are really showing the rotten underbelly of the racists in our country. Smile you're on candid camera.
— Kathleen Swarm (@kathies01) July 14, 2020
This couple needs to be punished for their arrogance and injustice causes
💪💪💪 Yes! Racists are finding out they aren't welcome in America anymore. If you're a racist and don't want to be called out/arrested, THEN YOU GO BACK FROM WHERE YOU CAME. You leave. Its not your “freedom” to harass and assault other ethnicities. We will find you!
— Tachih (@tara_ashley) July 14, 2020
Some argued if the couple had not been White, police would have handled the situation differently.
If that had been Black folk doing the beating, the cops would have been there in 5 mins, and there's no WAY they would have been able to leave town, much less the state.
— Michael Walls (@Percussioner211) July 14, 2020
A 911 call says guests assaulted an employee. Another 911 call says the other way around. Of course the police let the white couple off the hook. Soooooo America.
— silviax (@silviayf) July 14, 2020
Others suggested they should have been placed in jail the day of the assault considering there was ample security footage.
May the court give them nice cozy cells for the next couple of years, with warm showers and 3 square meals, and plenty of time to reflect on their vile behavior every day. Why were they given bail after already proving they're a flight risk?
— gary edits his thoughts (sometimes) (@garyedits) July 14, 2020
They should have been arrested.
— Barbara Sneed (@fabulous_50plus) July 14, 2020
It will always amaze me that these types of people are offered bail. They clearly pose a threat to the safety and well-being of others, if they can be spurred to attack an innocent person over something as trivial as hot water.
— steven watkins (@stevenwatkins0) July 14, 2020
At this time, Sarner is being charged with second-degree and third-degree assault. Orbay is being charged with third-degree assault.
It is unclear if they will face additional charges. They are expected to appear in court on July 29.