The manager of a Hilton Hotel in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, has been charged with aggravated burglary and assault after reportedly sucking on a sleeping male guest’s toes.
According to local ABC affiliate WKRN, David Patrick Neal, 52, was arrested on Friday after hotel guest Peter Brennan awoke around 5 a.m. on March 30 to find the night manager indulging his apparent foot fetish.
Brennan has now launched a sexual assault complaint against the hotel, according to the outlet.
The lawsuit alleges that Neal cloned the key to Brennan’s room and entered during the early morning hours without knocking or announcing himself.
Brennan reportedly screamed when he discovered Neal nibbling on his toes and identified him as one of two hotel staff workers who had come in his room the day before to assist him with his television.
Following the incident, Brennan filed a police report, and Neal reportedly told officers that he entered Brennan’s room because he smelt smoke and wanted to check on him for his safety. According to investigators, Neal did not report a smoke odor to hotel security, and no one else smelled any smoke.
“All my life you just have that sense of security, and that sense of peace, right? It’s not like you’re camping, and you have to kind of keep one eye open,” Brennan told the local outlet. “You have that security that’s yours, and when you close your eyes, you feel like you’re safe, and you’re protected, and it was a complete violation.”
“I was just so, so shocked,” Brennan said. “It was, ‘Who are you? Why are you in my room?’ It was almost like a dream, a sort of nightmare. It just didn’t make sense. Why is this person touching me?”
Further research revealed that Neal had a lengthy criminal record, including a voluntary manslaughter conviction for shooting his roommate during a dispute in 1996, according to Brennan and his attorney Michael Fisher of Rocky McElhaney Law Firm.
Fisher told WKRN, “I had multiple charges of forgery, drinking and driving, and a manslaughter conviction that I served prison time for.” “They have to have known when Hilton recruited this person. They have to conduct background checks to find out, and the fact that they would put someone like that in a position where they could clone keys and gain access to a guest’s room.”
Brennan reportedly suffered post-traumatic stress and struggled to get to sleep in the wake of the alleged toe-sucking incident.
“The safety and security of our guests and team members is our highest priority. We are working closely with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, and, as part of company policy, we do not comment on ongoing investigations,” a spokesperson for the Hilton Hotel told Fox News Digital.