A delegate to the Republican convention says he was robbed of $50,000 after he took a woman to his Minneapolis hotel room.
Gabriel Nathan Schwartz, 29, a Denver attorney and party donor, told police he met the woman in a bar at the luxurious Hotel Ivy and invited her up to his room early on Sept. 4, a few hours after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin accepted the GOP nomination to be vice president. Police said the woman made the man drinks and told him to get undressed.
Schwartz told police that was the last thing he remembered.
"We have no doubt this happened," said police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. "The guy has been very forthcoming with us. He's been very helpful in the investigation."
Police said that when Schwartz awoke, the woman was gone. She got away with a $30,000 watch, a $20,000 ring, a necklace valued at $5,000, earrings priced at $4,000, a cell phone valued at $1,500 and a Prada belt valued at $1,000, police said.
Police believe he was drugged.
Colorado Republican Party chairman Dick Wadhams said Schwartz is a GOP donor and prominent in Denver politics, but he doesn't know him personally. He said Schwartz didn't report any problems to the party.
"I remember one day during the convention someone mentioned something about a delegate, but that's all I heard. As far as I know, he's a Republican activist who was able to get elected as a delegate to the convention," Wadhams said.
Campaign finance records show that Schwartz donated the legal maximum of $2,300 each to the presidential candidates of John McCain and Rudy Giuliani.
Palmer stressed that investigators don't believe Schwartz did anything wrong.
"This is not a prostitution thing," the spokesman said. "This is a guy who got ripped off."
Earlier, Schwartz was interviewed during the convention and told a convention reporter he was for "less taxes and more war. " In a statement Tuesday, he said that he was joking during the interview.
Schwartz is an attorney and founder and managing shareholder at Sandomire & Schwartz, Inc., in Denver and at first refused comment on the incident, when contacted by reporters from Minnesota. However, he issued the following statement on Tuesday, as the robbery story and online interview made the rounds on the Internet:
"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. 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 happens to men, too.
"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."
The Minneapolis police report makes no mention of date rape.
The "little-known Internet outlet" that conducted the interview with Schwartz on the convention floor was LinkTV.org. According to its Web site, "Link TV is the first nationwide television channel dedicated to providing Americans with global perspectives on news, events and culture. The channel was launched in December 1999, on DIRECTV and added to EchoStar's DISH Network a few weeks later. Currently, the channel is available as a basic service in over 29 million U.S. homes that receive direct broadcast satellite television."
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