These are the injuries Scott Hapgood says he suffered while fighting off a hotel worker who had come to ‘rob’ him in his hotel room on April 13 during a family vacation to Anguilla. His family say the worker was alive and that Hapgood is not responsible for his death
The family of a UBS banker accused of killing a hotel worker in Anguilla have told DailyMail.com the Caribbean worker was alive the last time they saw him.
Scott Hapgood, 44, has been charged with manslaughter for the death of hotel worker Kenny Mitchel, 27, who he claims appeared at his hotel room door on April 13 while he was inside with his young daughters.
Hapgood says the hotel worker pretended to be there to fix a sink then, once inside, produced a knife and demanded money from him.
They struggled until security guards and Hapgood’s wife returned back to the room but the details of the tussle have remained murky until now.
Hapgood was taken first to the hospital and then to the police station which is where he learned that Mitchel had died.
A representative for his family said on Thursday that the last time he saw the young man, he was alive and was being stretchered away.
It refutes claims made by the an unnamed witness who also works at the hotel who told
‘A security guard who identified himself as such, restrained the attacker so the assailant could not harm Scott or anyone else.
‘As Hapgood left to receive emergency care at the hospital, the attacker was alive and being taken away by medical staff for treatment,’ Kelcey Kintner, a spokeswoman for the family, told DailyMail.com.
She denied allegations made by the hotel worker, including that Hapgood was barely bleeding or injured when he arrived at the room.
The worker told The Post that Hapgood ‘sat’ on Mitchel, straddling him, and refused to get off until the police arrived because he did not trust the other hotel workers who had arrived at the room.
It remains unclear who alerted them to what was happening – Hapgood’s wife was not in the room and he was only inside with his two underage daughters.
The worker said Hapgood seemed ‘deranged’ and ‘beyond angry’ as he subdued Mitchel.
Hotel worker Kenny Mitchel, 27, died as a result of blunt force trauma and asphyxiation. Hapgood says he pulled a knife on him once he was inside the room and that he demanded money. A hotel worker source said he was struggling to breathe and that Hapgood sat on top of him
Hapgood’s tearful wife is shown hugging their daughters in the aftermath of the attack. She was not there when it happened but the girls had just returned to their family’s room
He alleged even as Mitchel slipped in and out of consciousness, Hapgood stayed put and refused to get off him.
At one point, the worker said, Mitchel woke up an tried to speak, begging: ‘No, no, no. Can I speak?’
The source alleged Hapgood replied: ‘You don’t have a f***ng thing to say.’
The worker said the ordeal lasted about 20 minutes. He claimed it was ‘clear’ Mitchel was struggling to breath.
‘I could tell he was unconscious. The breathing was very faint, and [he was] struggling to breathe. I heard bubbling in his throat.’
Mitchel’s friends and family say he would never have tried to rob the American tourist
He says he tried to talk Hapgood into releasing him but that he refused.
‘I was explaining you have to allow [Mitchel] to breathe, so ease off of him. Mr. Hapgood then began arguing with me. He wanted me to put myself in his position.
‘I said, “I understand,” which seemed to further piss him off. He started getting even more aggressive and tensed up even more
‘But he seemed to have eased off of his hold a bit as he became angry with me,’ he said.
He alleged that a first security guard arrived but did nothing other than hold Mitchel’s hand.
It was only when a second appeared who he said was considerably larger than Hapgood that he relented.
When his wife appeared and asked if he was OK, he claimed Hapgood replied: ‘Yes this is not my blood’ then got off Mitchel and washed his hands.
He says Hapgood’s wife then got out her phone to take photographs and record the scene because it ‘will be all over the US news’.
The family says the only photographs taken were of his injuries in the aftermath of the struggle, before he was taken to the hospital.
The source also appeared to dispute photographs taken by Hapgood’s wife in the moments after the attack which show his injuries, including his bleeding nose and cut face.
The source said he did not believe his injuries were as severe as suggested.
‘From my recollection, he had some bleeding from the nose. He also had a white shirt on, so therefore, I did not see any of that kind of blood [from the photos] on his chest,’ he said.
He said it is still unclear why the worker went to the family’s room in the first place. ‘
The family was staying at the Malliouhana resort when the incident on April 13 happened
‘No one knows why [Mitchel] went to the room. Everyone will know from Mr. Hapgood’s perspective.
‘If [Mitchel] had lived, the situation would have been more different,’ he said.
The Hapgood family, who are back in Connecticut, refute his account.
In a statemetn, Kitner said: ‘The statements from someone presumed to be a co-worker of the armed attacker are riddled with inaccuracies and paint a false and highly misleading picture of Scott’s actions to defend himself against a vicious assailant.
‘Scott Hapgood was brutally attacked by an armed intruder in front of his young children. Inside his own hotel room, Scott defended himself against the maintenance worker to save his own life and the lives of his children.
‘Scott suffered multiple physical injuries from the attack but was thankfully able to restrain the attacker.
‘Other hotel workers who did not identify themselves as security staff entered the room, but were not calling the police, despite Scott repeatedly pleading for them to do so. Scott grew even more terrified, fearing these other staff members were part of the attack.
‘With her husband trying to restrain the violent attacker and bleeding all over the floor from the various wounds he sustained, Kallie Hapgood was begging the hotel workers to call the police.’
Mitchel’s brother and others on the island say he would not have tried to rob the family.
Hapgood is due back in Anguilla in August. He was released after posting $75,000 in bond.