Sting operation nabs suspect tied to multiple hotel room sexual assaults

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. -- After three similar sexual assaults took place at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, police set up a sting operation which resulted in the arrest of a suspect last Thursday.

Detectives planted a decoy in one of the hotel rooms, in order to lure out a man who had previously sneaked into sleeping women's rooms at the hotel and touched them inappropriately. The first two incidents were reported by juvenile women who were staying at the hotel while on a school trip from South Korea, in Oct. 2015.

The third incident was reported by a 63-year-old woman, also visiting from overseas, in Sept. 2016.  Again, in this assault, the man crept into the woman's room while she was asleep and began to inappropriately touch her.

Last Thursday, suspect Brandon Murdock, 31, entered the room where the sting was taking place and began to approach the bed, at which point he was arrested and taken into custody. He has been charged with burglary and attempted aggravated sexual assault.

“He was not an employee of the hotel,” said Sgt. Jonathan Perok, a spokesman for the Prince William County Police Department. “We do know how he was getting into the rooms but for investigative reasons we are not going to disclose that right now.”

Perok would not discuss how they reportedly drew Murdock to the hotel room. A September victim provided enough information to investigators to provide a sketch of the sexual assault suspect but police said it wasn’t until doing the sting that they were able to make an arrest.

“We kind of knew we were dealing with a repeat offender so we really wanted to ensure we were doing everything we could to get this person in custody before he struck again,” said Perok.