Officials claim a hero maid might have saved the MLB All-Star game from a “Vegas Style” massacre after police found long guns, body armor, and over 1,000 rounds of ammo in a Maven Hotel room. Four suspects have been arrested in connection to the arsenal, which was found in the Denver hotel near Coors Field on Friday.
According to reports, the maid tipped off cops after finding dozens of weapons inside a room during her shift, and police suspect the intent was to create a massacre much like the 2017 shooting during a concert in Las Vegas that left 59 dead. In response, authorities launched a massive-scale investigation, which included SWAT personnel, at the Maven Hotel.
When responders arrived, they found the firearms and a male suspect inside the eighth-floor room, just before All-Star Game festivities began. The room, which had a scenic view of the downtown area, offered a strategic vantage point that police feared could have led to another “Lag Vegas-style shooting.” Three men and one woman were arrested Friday night, and two of their vehicles were impounded and taken in for evidence.
Richard Platt, 42, Gabriel Rodriguez, 48, Ricardo Rodriquez, 44, and Kanoelehua Serikawa, 43, were taken into custody Friday, in connection with the possible plot. Three of the suspects were also booked for the intent to distribute drugs.
Police indicated that one of the suspects, though it’s unclear which, may have referenced the plot in a recent Facebook post. The suspect had recently gotten a divorce and explained on Facebook that he was going to “go out in a big way.”
During the investigation, Maven Hotel issued a call to its guests, requesting that they stay in their rooms while police conducted their search. Hotel guest, Drake Voell, explained that he got one of those phone calls. “I asked what was going on and they said there were just a few people that were up to no good on the fourth and the eighth floor.”
Voell was then told by Maven Hotel staff that a hero maid discovered weapons on the eighth floor and that the hotel alerted authorities. During their search, Denver police checked two rooms and it is unclear whether they arrested the suspects on-site or at a separate location.
Police said in a statement on Saturday night that “the investigation and arrests were the result of a tip from the public, serving as an excellent example of the critical role the community plays in public safety.” Police continued, saying that the Denver Police Department “encourages residents and visitors to always be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious or illegal activity to police immediately.”
The MBA All-Star game will take place on Tuesday, July 13, but festivities are planned to begin on Sunday at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Sunday’s events include the Futures Game and 2021 draft, which is followed by the Home Run Derby on Monday.
The MLB All-Star game was originally slated for June 13th and was set to be hosted by the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. The game was moved after Georgia passed a voting bill that MLB officials claim they didn’t support. Commissioner of Baseball, Robert D. Manfred Jr. announced the relocation of the All-Star game, claiming the Georgia voting law stood against the values of the athletic organization.