UPDATE: 7/31/2014 6:00 PM PT: San Diego’s 10News reported Thursday that, according to San Diego Harbor Police, the injuries sustained this past weekend by a 17-year-old Comic-Con International attendee were likely the result of a fall, rather than a criminal assault.
The article states that the conclusion was reached after an investigation including examination of surveillance footage and interviews with Comic-Con attendees. “Her injuries, and physical evidence at the scene, were consistent with a fall from the distance of approximately six feet,” the report reads.
The 29-year-old arrested early Sunday morning on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of minor has been identified as Justin Kalior, a photographer from the Los Angeles area who runs a YouTube channel titled “Project Cosplay.” 10News reports that Kalior is out on bail, and Harbor Police will forward his charges to the San Diego County District Attorney’s office.
In an interview with Polygon, Kalior said that he is friends with the victim (who according to reports was at the convention cosplaying as a female version of Roger Rabbit), but their relationship doesn’t extend beyond that, and that he believed she was 20. He said they were at the convention together, and got in an argument Saturday night about when to leave the area. “I just wanted to call it a night and take her home to her parents and be on my way,” Kalior is quoted. “She ran off and I didn’t follow. She didn’t answer the phone. She was gone for so long I asked security if they had seen her.”
Originally published Wed, July 30th, 2014 at 6:30 a.m.: San Diego Harbor Police have arrested a man on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. This follows online reports of a cosplayer who attended Comic-Con International being found unconscious and bloody on a San Diego street.
No official information has been made available beyond what was provided in the following statement from police:
Harbor Police arrested a 29-year-old man early Sunday morning, July 27th in a hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive. He was booked into San Diego County Jail at 11:20 am on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of minor. The victim, a juvenile female, was transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. The Harbor Police Investigations Unit is handling the incident. This investigation is ongoing.
A police spokesperson was unable to confirm whether the incident described in the statement — which occurred at approximately 1:15 AM on July 27 — is related to the previously reported assault.
On Tuesday, The Beat reported a cosplayer who attended Comic-Con International in San Diego had been found, injured and bloodied, on a street near the convention center.Â
According to a post on Tumblr, a female minor who had attended SDCC as a cosplayer was found on the side of a road, unconscious, bloody and with no ID. The Tumblr post quoted a Facebook update by the cosplayer’s mother, asking for anyone with information about what happened to her daughter to contact the San Diego Police Department. The mother and father both posted updates to their Facebook pages, indicating their daughter, a Southern California native, is in the intensive care unit with a brain bleed.
CBR News contacted the San Diego Police Department and the Harbor Police several times throughout the day for more information. While earlier calls simply informed us that police were looking into the allegations, later in the evening, the Harbor Police released the statement quoted above.
CBR Managing Editor Albert Ching contributed to this report.