Maid praised as a hero after she alerts authorities to massive weapon stash in Denver hotel close to Coors Field – four days before MLB All-Star game
- The unnamed maid on Friday reported the find she stumbled upon at the Maven
- She found 16 long guns, over 1,000 rounds of ammo and body armor
- On Tuesday Denver hosts the MLB All-Star game at Coors Field, near the hotel
- Initial fears were that the three men and one woman were planning an attack
- On Sunday the FBI said they now believe there was no plan to attack the game
- Instead authorities believe the haul was connected to a drugs deal
A maid at a hotel in Denver has been praised for reporting to authorities a significant weapons stash in one of the rooms, which authorities initially feared could be used for a Vegas-style mass shooting.
Four people have been arrested – with one of the four, a recent divorcee, posting a cryptic Facebook message saying he would ‘go out in a big way.’
On Sunday the FBI in Denver said they did not believe the arrests were connected to Tuesday’s MLB All-Star game at Coors Field.
‘We have no reason to believe this incident was connected to terrorism or a threat directed at the All-Star Game,’ they tweeted.
‘We are not aware of any threat to the All-Star Game events, venues, players, or the community at this time.’
Officers are seen inside the hotel room at The Maven, where on Friday a maid reported finding 16 long guns, more than 1,000 rounds of ammo, and body armor. Initial fears were that the four arrested were plotting a repeat of the 2017 Las Vegas massacre, when 60 people were shot and killed from a hotel room overlooking a music festival
The white SUV, pictured, was towed away from the scene on Friday night
The Maven hotel in Denver is seen on Friday night after police were called
The Maven hotel in Denver is seen on Sunday, after the raid on Friday night
Video courtesy of KDVR
Initial fears were that there could be a repeat of the October 1, 2017, attack when Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire upon the crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. He shot people from his hotel room, killing 60 in America’s worst mass-shooting.
The maid was commended for reporting the 16 long guns, over 1,000 rounds of ammo and body armor, which were found in two rooms at the Maven Hotel.
A SWAT team descended on the hotel on Friday night.
Officers took away a white SUV and arrested three men and a woman, who are now believed to have had the weapons in connection with drugs, rather than terrorism.
Piles of cash are seen on the floor as officers comb the room on Friday for evidence
Coors Field on Tuesday will host the MLB All-Star game
The men have been named as Richard Platt, 42, of Colorado, who has been charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (two counts), and a warrant from another jurisdiction.
Gabriel Rodriguez, 48, is charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
Ricardo Rodriguez, 44, is charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender.
And the one woman, Kanoelehua Serikawa, 43, of Colorado, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and a warrant from another jurisdiction.