Vancouver woman badly beaten in Mexico — allegedly by another Canadian
A Vancouver woman was hospitalized in Mexico after being brutally attacked by a stranger.
Jamie Coutts, 27, has been on holiday in Playa Del Carmen for about a week with her friend Genevieve Thomas.
According to Thomas’ post on Facebook , the two women were at a bar on Sunday night when a stranger approached another female friend they were with and was coming on a little too strong.
The women asked him to back off, and a few minutes later he charged at them, smashing Thomas in the jaw and knocking her down, then likewise running at Coutts and punching her repeatedly in the face.
“He got her square in the face, knocking her out for 5 minutes, breaking her nose in multiple places, busting open her face, and breaking one of her teeth,” writes Thomas.
Coutts sustained a bad injury near one eye, requiring stitches. Her nose is broken in three places. Thomas also needed stitches as her head was split open when she hit the ground.
She expressed thanks in her post to the locals who helped the women get to hospital and to the police station.
Police in Mexico have arrested suspect Peter Nowaczek in the assault. He is a professional boxer from Toronto.
Coutts — who will need surgery to repair her battered face and is not yet able to travel back to Canada — did not have travel insurance, so a friend started a GoFundMe to help her. The online fundraiser had already raised more than $23,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.
Coutts was in the news earlier this year when a stalker followed her in downtown Vancouver for more than 40 minutes. She eventually took refuge at a skate park and asked strangers if she could stand with them, citing “safety in numbers.”
The man ran off when one of the people in the park spoke to him.
Coutts, who recorded video with her phone of the episode once she realized she was being followed, said at the time that other women had come forward alleging they’d been followed by the same man.
Police charged Mohammed Majidpour, 34, with criminal harassment, but the charge was later stayed.