Suspect Shown By Mexico Cops Says He Beat Canadian

A Mexican man charged with severely beating a Canadian woman at a resort hotel has told journalists that he tried to hold her in an elevator and punched her several times when she yelled for help.

Jose Ramon Acosta Quintero, aka "El Ray", is escorted by soldiers during his presentation to the press in Mazatlan, Mexico, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. Acosta Quintero is accused by state authorities of being the man responsible in the brutal beating of Sheila Nabb, 37, a Canadian woman at a five-star resort in Mazatlan. Authorities are trying to find out whether Quintero was involved in other attacks on tourists, according to the Sinaloa state

A Mexican man charged with severely beating a Canadian woman at a resort hotel has told journalists that he tried to hold her in an elevator and punched her several times when she yelled for help.

Jose Ramon Acosta said during a Saturday news conference held by police that he had sneaked into the hotel in Mazatlan early the morning of Jan. 20 and encountered Sheila Nabb of Calgary, Alberta, by chance.

State prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez says Acosta had been drinking and using drugs. Prosecutor have said the suspect was seen on a hotel security camera as he left the elevator.

The victim has been flown to Canada where she remains hospitalized.