A woman was allegedly assaulted following a date with a man she met on Instagram. India Ali shares terrifying details from the date in Los Angeles that left her bruised and beaten. “He didn’t really look like a creep from his pictures. He looked like he had it going on,” the 32-year-old shared with KTLA.
Ali and 27-year-old James Baker met on the social media platform and went on a date last July, that included dinner and drinking. The two ended up at Baker's hotel room near LAX. When she woke up, she said she was lying in a puddle of vomit and blood. “It was horrible. I woke up. I lifted my head up. I was lying in a puddle of throw up. So I look around and I see blood everywhere and my clothes everywhere,” she said.
Ali says that she doesn't remember even driving back to Baker's hotel but he posted photos and videos of it. Ali called 911 from the hotel and went to the hospital where she found out how serious her injuries were. “She had been punched in the head so badly that it had caused a swelling in the brain. The brain, when it expands, has nowhere to go so it forces down – and that’s what triggers the vomit action. It pressures the fourth vertebrae,” Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Berger said.
Baker took Ali's phone and car and authorities used the FindMyiPhone app to track him down. He was arrested on July 21. Authorties also found out that he had prior out-of-state convictions and was on bail for allegedly using fake credit cards. He's currently being held at L.A. Men's Central Jail and has a sentencing hearing slated for June 5.
Ali warns other people to be careful who they meet and hook up with online. "I wouldn’t want anybody to go and meet up with anybody that they don’t know. Please don’t ever do that," she said. "You have to value your life."
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