Assaults, Theft Reported on New Year's at Dearborn Hotel

The following information was supplied by the Dearborn Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Dearborn police were called to the Adoba Hotel Dearborn/Detroit three separate times in the early hours of New Year's Day, according to police reports.

Several assaults and a theft were reported between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. at the hotel, which hosted its annual Champagne Explosion party that night to ring in the new year.

Just after midnight, a resident of Brownstown who was at the hotel's event called police to report her purse as stolen. The purse, she said, had been sitting unattended on a couch in one of the ballrooms' VIP areas. When she went to receive it, it was gone. The purse contained an iPhone 4, camera, iPad, and her wallet.

At 2:20 a.m., police were called to the hotel by a Taylor resident who—also while attending the party—was reportedly assaulted.

The woman told police that she was in the pool area of the hotel when a group of people, both men and women, "began to argue with her." The argument escalated and, she said, someone hit her in the face.

Police noted bruising on her right eye and a cut on the bridge of her nose. The woman refused medical care and said she didn't want to press charges. Police attempted to find the group, but were unsuccessful, as the woman—who said she had consumed several drinks at the event—could not provide a description of the assailant.

Dearborn police were called to the hotel a third time at 4 a.m. by hotel security, who asked that police evict the the patrons in room 775. The guests—as many as 12 in one room—had reportedly been causing trouble all night, and had started a large fight in the hallway of the seventh floor.

While officers were in the process of evicting them, one man was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

A guest from room 776—who had reportedly been part of the fight—was found in the lobby by officers. Police noted that he was clearly intoxicated. The man told police that someone from room 775 had punched him in the mouth, knocking one of his teeth out.

However, police were unable to find a person matching his description, and noted that the man seemed "confused" as to who had actually hit him.

For questions on this crime report, email dearborn@patch.com.

Seymour Poon January 04, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Does this blood-soaked beginning to 2013 come as a surprise to Patch readers when the new operator of the hotel has its eyes fixed on "green" initiatives instead of basic guest security? Security should be top of mind for a property adjacent to a challenged mall that offers no covered parking combined with vast interior spaces that are hard to monitor. Detroit has seen this movie many times dating back to the 1970's when two new hotels in Southfield opened, The Shiawassee and the Westin Michigan Inn (note: not to be confused with the current Southfield Westin), only to be left in disrepair just a decade later. There are parallels; these two 425-room hotels were on the perimeter of a major mall and transit center at the time (Northland) and operated by major hotel hospitality companies (the Shiawassee became a Sheraton shortly after opening). For a few years, both hotels boasted popular restaurants and bars. As in today's economy, those were difficult years in the Gerald Ford administration under government programs like W.I.N. ("Whip Inflation Now"). This is why the former Hyatt a.k.a Adoba will need either an *experienced hospitality operator* or the Adoba team will need deep pockets and vision to effect a turnaround. If a large operator assumed operations, experienced personnel could be "parachuted in" to address the deferred maintenance issues. What does Adoba offer in urban hotel experience beyond a property the the bucolic area around Mt. Rushmore?
Janet Goodwin January 04, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Mr. Poon .. I am unsure why you are SO very negative about the hotel and the new management? Did something happen or did you have a bad experience. I understand you do not want it to be a "tax burden" but if you are a resident of Dearborn you should want the hotel to flourish. Yes. Press like this article does not help. I am sure that with every NYE event that happens around the area on this scale you will have incidents like purses stolen that were left on a couch or a fight. Everyone has been talking about the nice event that it was and that it surpassed last years expectations when Hyatt held the same event. Please stop your attacks on this hotel and maybe help a business in your city by promoting the good things that the hotel and it's new management are doing for the community!
Seymour Poon January 04, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Janet Goodwin - Yet another confederate of Adoba management whose *solitary post on Patch* is to chide me for simply being a longtime concerned citizen. I am "very negative" because this "green" scheme put forth by Adoba is devoid of any mercantile merit whatsoever. It pains me to see Dearbornites preyed upon by out of town, New Age charlatans like Global Green (Mikhail Gorbachev founder) and Adoba. Dearborn was built by hardworking pragmatists led by the visionary Henry Ford. Now, some would like to see the City adopt bike paths around the new train station and LEED compliance as the cornerstones of some purported path to prosperity. I am not buying it. If some sensible plan doesn't surface soon, the Hyatt will be just another picture in Detroit Ruins http://www.detroityes.com/fabulous-ruins-of-detroit/home.php
B. Dub January 04, 2013 at 05:02 PM
What kind of moron leaves a purse with an iPhone and and iPad unattended - regardless of where she is?
Boileroperator January 04, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Poon? What's your problem with the hotel? Ms. Goodwin is right. You should want this place to flourish. Find someone else to pick on.
Seymour Poon January 04, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Boileroperator - After scanning your prior Patch posts, and especially your foaming-at-the-mouth Bush conspiracy rant on June 6th, I am not certain that you are the arbiter of all things economic (or politic). I am not the only person that finds this Adoba - Royal Realities arrangement lacking substance. See this multi-page thread on a frequent flyer and hotel guest forum: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hyatt-gold-passport/133499-dearborn-hyatt-review-master-thread-left-31-oct-12-now-adoba-hotel-7.html
Renee January 04, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Yeah, Dearborn needs dog parks too!!
Ali Jaafar January 04, 2013 at 08:29 PM
I think its funny that nobody notices his name. Guess he need to see more poon. Too uptight.
Andrew January 04, 2013 at 09:01 PM
I read in another local newspaper that Adoba held the hotel's "annual New Year’s Eve party", meaning the party was in place before the transfer to Adoba. If a hotel is to be blamed, it's the former Hyatt, not the Adoba.
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 09:22 PM
That's correct: The Champagne Explosion party has been held for several years by the Hyatt, and planning was already under way when Adoba came in.
Seymour Poon January 04, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Andrew & Jessica: How could the new management know to provide security for a large event focused on alcoholic beverages? Jessica reported the following: The woman told police that she was in the pool area of the hotel when a group of people, both men and women, "began to argue with her." The argument escalated and, she said, someone hit her in the face. Isn't this the SAME POOL AREA where sadly a 5-year boy drowned on Friday, October 5th at 9:45pm? And didn't the Dearborn Patch fail to report the story? Other media reported on the incident: http://www.pressandguide.com/articles/2012/10/06/news/doc50703aae898b8023047310.txt The security around the pool - especially late in the evening - should be high on somebody's list to secure. No? Ali Jaafar - Mocking my name is beneath contempt, but I will not get started on your name and heritage...
Tom Laundroche January 04, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Poon? you have zero credibility in your anonymity.
Jon Marriolti January 04, 2013 at 10:41 PM
lmao what is wrong with going green? sounds like you are an oil lobbyist or something..i mean im sorry but i see no sense behind what you are saying. Did you ever think the previous owners went out of business because high utility bills that are slashing their profit margins. Being green means saving money as well, I know this because i AM a LEED certified professional and i have seen hotel owners save their business by going green.. ITs not a scam, its a new concept of building that most older aged people just dont accept. No big deal, but no need to hate them for it.
Jon Marriolti January 04, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Mr.poon does need some poon. hahahah you are taking it too far
Karen naim January 04, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Mr.poon, to suggest that you would comment on mr.jaafar' s heritage takes your rant to a whole different place. If you wish to have people take you seriously, then I suggest you leave their heritage alone. I personally was offended by your remark and it made me forget any merit that your original comment may have had. Notice I said MAY HAVE????
Marci January 05, 2013 at 02:54 AM
She will be able to locate both and police can assist if she set her apple products up with lost locate. They can find the stolen items if that is really what happened. I agree, how smart could that be!
Lee Jacobsen January 05, 2013 at 02:58 AM
B.Dub, I agree, only an intoxicated moron would leave a purse unattended, complete with IPad and IPhone. Perhaps she can contact the thief and buy her items back. Would you want to steal her identity? Odds are, she had her wallet and car keys in the purse as well.... She apparently has money to burn.... Perhaps the thief was a guy, and this could be the start of a troubled relationship at the start of a New Year. Ah, speculation.
Lee Jacobsen January 05, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Seymour, The former Hyatt property is poised to make a lot of money for its new owners, all they have to do is make customers happy, and part of that formula is to make them secure and safe. Until the property is officially transferred , it is Hyatts issue to deal with. Location is everything, and being in Dearborn, near a major shopping center and the Ford World Headquarters is a big plus. The design of the building is timeless, meaning it still looks modern and inviting. That is a good foundation to start with. Restoring the rest of the services will be a 'wait and see' . The hotel brings folk to Dearborn who spend money, and that money is spent in our town for the most part. Taxes are paid by the Hotel to Dearborn. Think positive. Don't prejudge until at least some of the beds are slept in under new management.
AC January 05, 2013 at 01:36 PM
I agree with a lot of what you say. However, when you resort to ad homonyms, or the threat of, you lose credibility.
Pattiecakes January 05, 2013 at 09:32 PM
First Hyatt never owed the property they merely managed it. When they left the building that was it, no need to transfer because the owners are still there. Why would a woman at a Nye party need an iPhone, camera and an iPad? Seems strange to me. I believe that on the night in question the Dearborn police were there in attendance the whole night not just called repeatedly. I think with all major events there are issues not just because the management team are green. Maybe you should look up the background of the management and see they have experience in hospitality management not just green works! If you were present the night of the events then you can comment on what happened correctly if not its just your comment on something you read. I hope the hotel turns around and they can keep their guests happy!! Why be so negative, the world is negative enough!!!
Eric Allen January 08, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I went to this party with my date and another couple. I also stayed in a room there. We had a blast! The night was amazing! Delicious food, great entertainment, and a safe atmosphere with professional and courteous staff throughout the night. It's unfortunate that a couple isolated incidents would be allowed to tarnish such a great event with a great reputation, but for me and my friends, it was an amazing night to celebrate nye 2013 in class with great people!


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