When Adewale Ogunleye walked into his condo in the South Beach Mondrian a few weeks ago, he got a nasty shock -- a slammed door and a "large male" hiding in the shower. When he called out, the guy said he was "Roberto, head of housekeeping." Even worse, Ogunleye says, when he looked around, he found that the intruder had been snacking on cake and napping in his bed.
In fact, Ogunleye alleges in a new lawsuit, the Mondrian housekeeper -- actually named Daniel Anaya -- had been secretly living in the condo "for some time." The free-agent footballer blames the hotel chain for the "egregious misconduct."
Ogunleye last played for the Dolphins in 2003, when he made a Pro Bowl before heading to the Chicago Bears, but he has kept his main home in Broward County.
He also owns two condos in the Mondrian, which he regularly uses when out and about in South Beach, he says in the suit (which is posted in full at Courthouse News Service.)
On June 19 around 3:30 a.m., Ogunleye says, he entered his condo and dropped his overnight bag. That's when he heard the door slam, shattering "his safety and security."
The intruder was Anaya, Ogunleye charges, a housekeeper who'd been living in the room on the sly.
"That particular evening, the intruder/trespasser had been eating a piece of cake in Ogunleye's condominium, had his phone charger plugged in, and... had been napping on the bed," the lawsuit says.
The footballer says he "no longer feels safe" in the condos and wants a compensatory judgment from the Mondrian and Anaya.
Riptide left a message with Mondrian's corporate parent, the Morgan Hotel Group. We haven't heard back, but we'll update this post when we do.
Anaya has no previous criminal record in Miami-Dade, based on our records search.
As for Ogunleye, he's a free agent after a disappointing 2010 season at Houston. And presumably he won't be staying at the Mondrian again anytime soon.
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