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The woman tied up in Aroldis Chapman’s room can’t keep her story straight

Jun 1, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

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I think everyone called this one as soon as we heard it: the woman who was found tied up in Aroldis Chapman‘s hotel room is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. The Pittsburgh Gazette has details from her police interrogation:

Pittsburgh detectives questioned a woman for nearly 12 hours about a bizarre robbery in the Downtown hotel room of a Cincinnati Reds pitcher, in part because she changed her story.

Claudia Manrique, 26, of Silver Spring, Md., initially said she was attacked late Tuesday by a stranger posing as a maintenance man at the Omni William Penn who tied her up and made off with valuables belonging to pitcher Aroldis Chapman.

But as interviews with detectives wore on, she told them she had encountered her assailant earlier at a CVS pharmacy, where he stole her wallet and threatened to harm her friend if she did not tell him in which room she and the Cuban ballplayer were staying, according to police reports.

It goes on to talk about how Chapman had a bag with $200,000 in jewelry in the room that — somehow — wasn’t stolen. And how the woman was getting calls in the hotel room from someone she owned money to in Maryland who helped her get into the country, according to Chapman.

Yesterday I went with Lebowski, but this is starting to have a “second season of The Wire” vibe. ┬áMaybe this woman gets charged. Or maybe they should keep an eye on her in the event some weird European dude sipping coffee all day decides to have her disappeared or something.

Either way: kinda scary and crazy.

  1. drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    If Aroldis Chapman’s head should flip open and a UFO should fly out, I want you to have expected it.

    Nothing we’d hear about him now would surprise me. He could be dead, on Mars, or revealed to be O.J.Simpson, and I’d just go “Hmm, how about that.”

    • Detroit Michael - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Did you ever see the movie Capricorn One? An astronaut named John Walker pretended to be on Mars, became dead, and was played by O.J. Simpson. That’s actually a bit close to your description!

  2. Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Who carries around 200K bag worth of jewelry anyway? Does this guy think he’s Floyd Mayweather or something?

  3. bmorelikeme - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Inside job. She owed drugs dealers money, so she shacked up with Chapman with the intentions of ripping him. Once she was alone in the hotel room, she let in her accomplices, had them take the goods. After the “robbery”, she tied herself up and put on a show to throw off the cops once her debts were settled*

    *entirely speculation

    • chadjones27 - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      It seems like the $200,000 worth of stuff they’d want to steal was still there.

  4. number42is1 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    and on that note i have been watching the Big L. on repeat since yesterday. here is something we all can enjoy

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    If you’re going to use a woman to help you steal from someone you need to find one that’s smarter than this one.

  6. hansob - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    If this ends up with Aroldis Chapman saying the words “Man, money ain’t got no owners, only spenders”, it will all be worth it.

  7. runyetirun - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Did he have hands?

    Did he have a face?!

    No? Then it wasn’t us.

    • brewcitybummer - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:03 AM

      Why always Boris?

      • Old Gator - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

        Aw no, Natasha was’t the brightest bulb in the ceiling but she was smarter than this bimbo. It only remains to track down moose and squirrel.

  8. sabatimus - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    “I think everyone called this one as soon as we heard it”.


  9. notsofast10 - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    That’s all good and fine!!!! Can we just get the dude in the starting rotation now? Please?

  10. ysaeed13 - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    I think the moral of the story is if you want your cake and eat it to then become an athlete for any cincinnati professional sports team. From pete rose to the bengals to mike leake to chapman.

  11. gloccamorra - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    I’m waiting for a tie-in to Cuban culture/education under Castro. Where’s Ozzie?

    • Old Gator - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      More like a tie-in to American culture/education under John Edwards and Citizen’s United.

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