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(DENVER) – Advice from a housekeeper led police to discover a vast arsenal of weapons at a downtown Denver hotel about a block from Coors Field, where the All-Star Game of the Major League Baseball is scheduled for Tuesday.
Three men and a woman were arrested and 16 long guns, bulletproof vests and hundreds of cartridges were seized from two rooms at the Maven Hotel in downtown Denver.
The discovery initially prompted police to suspect that they had foiled a possible ongoing mass shooting plot. But on Sunday morning, FBI officials in Denver said a preliminary investigation found no evidence the episode was terrorism-related.
“We have no reason to believe this incident was related to terrorism or a threat directed against the All-Star Game,” the FBI’s Denver field office said in a statement. “We are not aware of any threats to the All-Star Game events, sites, players or community at this time.”
The FBI said it was working closely with the Denver Police Department, the main agency investigating the incident, to find out why the weapons cache ended up at the hotel.
A preliminary assessment has indicated that the stockpile of firearms appears to be linked to a possible illegal transaction involving drugs and firearms, according to an internal law enforcement memo obtained by ABC News.
The four arrested have been identified by authorities as Richard Platt, 42, Gabriel Rodriguez, 48, Ricardo Rodriguez, 44, and Kanoelehua Serikawa, 43. The suspects, who are scheduled to appear in court on Sunday, were being held on suspicion of weapons. charges and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, according to Denver Police.
Gabriel and Ricardo Rodriguez were being held without bail. It is not yet known whether the suspects have lawyers.
SWAT teams and numerous other police converged on the Maven Hotel around 7:30 p.m. local time on Friday after a hotel cleaner saw a gun in one of the rooms being processed. cleaning and reported it.
Denver Police said they spent several hours on Friday searching rooms on the fourth and eighth floors of the Wazee Street hotel, where the weapons and ammunition were found. Illegal drugs were also found in the rooms, police said.
“The investigation and arrests were the result of public advice, serving as a prime example of the vital role the community plays in public safety,” Denver Police said in a statement, adding that the agency encourages residents and visitors “to always be aware of their surroundings and immediately report any suspicious or illegal activity to the police.
The Sage Hospitality Group, which operates the hotel, praised the police and their own staff for their swift response.
“We are incredibly proud that our team promptly alerted authorities in this case,” Sage Hospitality Group said in a statement. “We are grateful to DPD for their swift action to resolve this situation safely and will continue to work closely with them to support their investigation. “
The incident came as thousands of baseball fans flocked to Denver for the All-Star Game festivities, including the annual home run derby scheduled for Monday night.
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