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Police: After Ultra, woman raped, locked in closet with county worker for 20 minutes

Carl Lee Wilt
Carl Lee Wilt

The Brazilian woman who police say was raped by a Miami Metromover supervisor Sunday while she was in town for the Ultra Music Festival was locked unconscious in a utility room with the man for up to 20 minutes, authorities said.

Investigators said it took a witness about 15 minutes to flag down a Miami police officer who pounded on the steel door for five more minutes before Carl Lee Wilt, 41, unlocked it, with his pants zipper still undone, according to police.

Wilt, of Cutler Bay, was arrested, charged with kidnapping and sexual battery and denied bond after his encounter with the 25-year-old woman, who has not been identified. He was taken to Metro West Detention Center, where he remained Tuesday without bond. Wilt has been a county employee since 2003. He was relieved of duty without pay on Monday.

According to police and eyewitnesses, the woman was so heavily intoxicated that she was denied entrance to the Metromover on the second level of the Park West station, about two blocks northwest of Bayfront Park, where one of the world’s largest electronic dance music shows was taking place.

Not long after, police said, a witness saw Wilt carry the unconscious woman into a utility room on the ground level of the station. It wasn’t clear Tuesday how the woman made it downstairs from the train platform. The witness, who told police Wilt used a key to enter the locked room, ran to the street and flagged down a Miami police officer.

When the officer arrived, the door to the room was locked. Miami-Dade Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said the officer banged on the door but got no response. Five minutes later, the police report said, Wilt, still in uniform, unlocked the door with his fly down. Zabaleta said Miami-Dade detectives showed up about 45 minutes later and took over the investigation.

According to police, the woman said she had no memory of the encounter, though “the victim stated she did not consent to having sex with the defendant,” the arrest affidavit says. Police said that while Wilt was being questioned, he admitted to having intercourse with the woman.

Miami-Dade public records show Wilt and his former wife, Yaeliz Wilt, have had a couple of scrapes with the law involving domestic incidents. Last year Yaeliz Wilt, a Miami-Dade cop at the time, was charged with false imprisonment and strangulation during an incident with her husband. The charges were dropped.

Ultra, a controversial electronic three-day music festival, has had a number of drug problems and instances where people were injured over the years. Though arrests were down from previous years, 67 people were arrested from March 18 through March 20. Of those, 33 were narcotics-related.

Also, University of Miami student Adam Levine, a 21-year-old senior majoring in political science, became ill during the festival and died later at the hospital. Police continue to investigate his death.

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