ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Authorities say a delegate to the Republican National Convention was robbed of jewelry and cash, worth a total somewhere between $50,000 and $150,000, after he took a woman to his Minneapolis hotel room.
29-year-old Gabriel Schwartz of Denver told police he met the woman in a bar, then took her to his hotel room at Hotel Ivy. Police say that once there, the woman made the man drinks and told him to get undressed.
He claims that was the last thing he remembered. Investigators think he may have been drugged.
"He remembers having a back rub," said Minneapolis Police Sgt. Bill Palmer. "On the bed."
Police say that when Schwartz woke, the woman was gone, and Schwartz was missing money, jewelry and other things. The missing items included a $30,000 watch, a $20,000 ring and a $5,000 necklace.
Schwartz, a personal injury lawyer, opted for the Ivy, where hotel rooms cost $300-$3,000 per night, over the less fashionable Four Points Sheraton on Inudstrial Blvd., five miles away, the official hotel of the Colorado Delegation.
Before his bad night, Schwartz had been interviewed on the floor of the RNC by a producer for the website linkTV.
When he was asked what was his vision for change under a John McCain administration, Schwartz said, "Less taxes, more war."
When the producer asked which country the U.S. should bomb next, Schwartz said, "Iran, baby!"
In a statement released today, Schwartz called the interview "satire," and he explained his bad night.
"It's embarrassing to admit that I was a target of a crime. I was drugged and had about $50,000 of personal items stolen, not the inflated number that the media is reporting from an inaccurate police report," he said.
"As a single man, I was flattered by the attention of a beautiful woman who introduced herself to me. I used poor judgment. If there is any good that can come from this humiliation, it is to caution others that date rape drugs can be used on men, too."
Schwartz also says an interview he did at the RNC was a joke. "Also, some media outlets, with no sense of humor, have linked a silly interview that I gave to a little-known Internet outlet. When joking around with its so-called reporters, I thought the interview was a satire and didn't take it seriously. The interview is a farce and does not accurately express my political views. I endorse the platform of the Republican National Committee," Schwartz said in the statement.
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