FBI: Maven Hotel arrest not linked to terrorism or public threat
DENVER (KDVR) – The FBI office in Denver said on Sunday that there was no reason to believe the Maven Hotel incident was related to terrorism or a threat directed at the All-Star Game.
Although law enforcement sources confirmed to FOX31 that they found 16 long guns, body armor and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition at the scene, FBI Denver tweeted that they were unaware of any threat to events, sites, players or communities at this time.
“As with major special events, the FBI works closely with our law enforcement partners to prepare for and support public safety during these events. We continue to encourage the public to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement, ”FBI Denver said.
ORIGINAL: The Denver Police Department said a suspicious situation involving illegal firearms near Coors Field is still under investigation, but does not appear to be related to the events of Star Week.
Guests at the Maven Hotel on Wazee Street returned home with a massive police and SWAT presence at their hotel on Friday evening.
“After I got up to my room, the hotel phone started ringing,” said Drake Voell, a hotel guest. “I responded and they told everyone to stay in their room because there was a situation. I asked what was going on and they said there were only a few people doing no good on the fourth and eighth floors.
On Saturday, DPD reported that three men and a woman were arrested in connection with the investigation into charges related to the illegal possession of firearms.
Richard Platt, 42, Gabriel Rodriguez, 48, and Ricardo Rodriguez, 44, were arrested in connection with an investigation into the possession of a weapon by a former offender.
Platt and Rodriguez also face charges of possession of a controlled substance with the intention of distributing it. Platt also had a warrant from another jurisdiction.
Kanoelehua Serikawa, 43, is under investigation for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute it and had an arrest warrant from another jurisdiction.
Voell said her grandmother was staying on the fourth floor, two doors down from the investigated room. Her grandmother asked what was going on.
“They said they heard a maid come into the hotel room and saw a bunch of guns lying around,” Voell said. “Then they found a white SUV on the road and all the doors were unlocked and there was an open laptop on the dashboard so it was a very suspicious vehicle.”
Public advice led to the arrests, and DPD said it searched two rooms and impounded two vehicles as part of the investigation. Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are also assisting the DPD in the investigation.
“This incident was only handled by the police because we’re so ready for this stuff,” said Loa Esquilin, public information officer for the Denver Office of Emergency Management.
Esquiline is part of the Emergency Operations Center launched for Star Week. She says the fact that their operations center did not have to get involved in last night’s incident speaks volumes.
“It shows that they are united,” Esquilin said.
Esquilin says the emergency operations center also has more than 100 people on standby, including the FBI, who are watching and standing by.
“We already have identified shelters, active call centers, everything is set if it escalates, or if an incident like yesterday escalates to a bigger point where an agency is overwhelmed, we have the resources to help,” said Esquiline.
“I feel pretty secure, I feel like they have it definitely under control,” Voell said.
DPD officials say the department has adjusted the officer staff to have sufficient resources around Star Week events.
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