A pivotal court hearing for a bartender who’s accused of raping an unconscious woman after serving her drinks for several hours at a Palm Springs hotel was pushed back Monday to early March.
Alejandro Adan, 31, is accused of sexually assaulting the woman at the Kimpton Rowan Hotel at 100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way in March 2019.
He was set to appear at the Larson Justice Center in Indio for a preliminary hearing, in which prosecutors present evidence that a judge weighs to decide whether a trial is warranted, but the proceeding was rescheduled for March 4.
Adan, who remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, is charged with one count each of intent to commit rape, rape of an unconscious victim, sexual penetration of an unconscious victim, sexual penetration with a foreign object, rape of an intoxicated person and burglary. He also faces a misdemeanor petty theft charge.
According to the Palm Springs Police Department, officers responded on March 3, 2019, and found Adan inside a hotel room where the woman was allegedly sexually assaulted.
The victim, whose age and other identifying information were withheld, was drinking at the hotel’s pool alongside her mother that afternoon. Her mother told police the bartender was friendly and flirted with her daughter, and that he “asked to see them after work,” according to court papers.
Because her daughter was intoxicated, the mother said she took the woman back to her hotel room. The victim told authorities she took a shower and fell asleep, and next thing she remembers is waking up lying next to a man.
According to police, Adan initially went to the adjoining rooms of the woman and her mother to return the alleged victim’s wallet, which she had lost earlier in the day. He allegedly returned two more times, and saw the woman’s mother leaving the room on his third visit to meet her husband in the hotel lobby.
When the woman’s parents returned, they saw their daughter “wrapped in a towel, crying and yelling a man was in her room,” according to court documents. The parents allegedly found Adan in her room “buttoning his shorts and tightening his belt.”
The father stayed with Adan while the mother called police. While waiting for police, Adan allegedly told the father, “I don’t know, I totally messed up,” according to court papers.
Adan has no felony convictions in Riverside County, court records show.