Hotel employee who allegedly started Excalibur fire had history of workers’ compensation claims

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — According to a declaration of warrant obtained by 8 News Now, an Excalibur hotel employee who allegedly started a fire and fabricated a story about being sexually assaulted had a history of workers’ compensation claims.

Metro Police also discovered that Aviaon Lee, 28, had an internet search history that included how to sue the company, assault lawsuits, rape, Excalibur and housekeeper rights. The declaration listed the following results, among others:

  • “Can you sue hotel job for Sexual assault”
  • “How much can you sue a company for injury”
  • “Can housekeeping workers sue for being rape at work”
  • “Compensation after being sexually assaulted”
  • “Workplace rape definition”

Authorities arrested Lee in connection to the fire on Feb. 5 and identified monetary gain as the motive behind the sexual assault allegation.

The declaration of warrant revealed more about the latter.

Lee reported she had been assaulted by an unknown suspect in a guest room. However, police later determined the guest of the room had physically checked out earlier at the front desk, confirmed by surveillance footage.

Police were unable to identify a viable suspect after reviewing surveillance video and examining forensic evidence.

After police combed through her phone search and investigated further, they brought Lee back in for a follow-up interview.

During the interview, Lee reportedly told police her internet search stemmed from having been sexually assaulted while working as a housekeeper years before the current incident. She later admitted to a Metro sergeant she had made up the recent sexual assault allegation and started the fire.

Metro also learned more about Lee’s workers’ compensation history during their investigation. There were claims dating back to 2013. She filed complaints in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. According to the declaration, they totaled $8,317.72,

Lee was booked into the Clark County Detention Center. She faces seven charges, including:

  • First-degree arson
  • Burglary with deadly weapon (fire)
  • Destroy/injure property of another over $5,000
  • Obstruction of extinguishment of fire
  • Willful or wanton disregard of safety of persons or property
  • False reporting of a crime

Police revealed Lee taped smoke detectors and fire suppression sprinklers. The damage she allegedly caused totaled $594,646.50.

The fire was started in a hotel room on the sixth floor, where responding crews found a mattress on fire. Flames were quickly extinguished, and the area was ventilated.

Metro, the Clark County Fire Department and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue investigated the incident.

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