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Cos Cob man charged with sex assault during hotel incident

January 8, 2019

GREENWICH — A Cos Cob man already facing a number drug offenses has been hit with a new round of criminal charges, police said.

Alexander Edell, 36, of Valley Road, was arrested after an incident at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Old Greenwich in late July. Edell was accused of breaking down a door and assaulting a woman there, police said.

Both Edell and the woman were charged with drug possession, for alleged possession of Xanax and Ketamine, police said.

Further investigation by Greenwich police led to the filing of new charges against Edell on Tuesday: aggravated sexual assault, a felony, and reckless endangerment.

According to the application for an arrest warrant filed at Superior Court in Stamford, the woman who was taking drugs with Edell said he had sexually assaulted her. The woman, who was homeless in Bridgeport, connected with Edell through a drug-dealer named “Winky,” the affidavit states.

Edell “told her he would help her out since she was homeless,” according to the court papers, and the two began taking drugs together at the Hyatt over the next several days.

The woman told police that Edell sexually assaulted her at the hotel, in a “rough and painful” manner, in her words, according to court papers. “Alexander told her (the victim) he liked to be dominating,” the affidavit states.

The woman told investigators he also forced her to take a dose of MDMA, a potent mood-altering drug known on the street as “Molly,” through her rectum. According to drug-counseling journals and organizations, the practice provides a rapid drug high.

The woman told police she was also assaulted in Stamford and New York City, the affidavit states, but Greenwich detectives could not pursue those cases as they happened in other jurisdictions.

Edell appeared in court in Stamford for an arraignment Tuesday, and he remains in state custody.

Edell has a history of arrests. In 2010, he abducted a female student at Norwalk Community College, later pleading guilty to second-degree kidnapping.

— With Staff Reporter John Nickerson

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