Man arrested after 6-hour standoff with police on Daytona Beach hotel balcony

Man threatened to 'slaughter these animals,' police say


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A 45-year-old man was arrested Saturday after making suicidal threats at a Daytona Beach hotel, threatening to "slaughter those animals" if officers came near him and causing extensive damage to his room, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.

Police arrested David B. Allen, a resident of New Jersey, after he threw furniture and made suicidal threats on the balcony of his fifth-floor hotel room at the Ocean Breeze Club.

The incident began around 7:30 a.m. when Allen was on the balcony threatening to kill his wife and throwing chairs of the railing, according to the report.

A witness saw Allen with a grenade but officers said they determined it was not active.


Officers outside the room said they could hear Allen destroying furniture and yelling, "I'm getting scary. If I open the door and there are police in the hallway, I have a grenade in my pocket and I will slaughter these animals."

Allen also wrote "huge bomb" on a piece of cardboard and slid it under the door, according to the affidavit.

Allen and police had a six-hour standoff that forced an evacuation of the hotel and disrupted traffic on North Atlantic Avenue, police said. 

A public address system was used during the standoff because negotiators had trouble communicating with Allen over the phone. 

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., Allen asked for a soda to be left outside his room. When he came out of his room to get the drink, authorities shocked him with a stun gun, and he was taken into custody.

Police said Allen damaged a desk chair, a headboard, outside chair, desk lamp, desk, artwork, curtains, curtain rods, an ironing board and dry wall, as well as putting graffiti on the wall and causing cigarette and smoke damage to the room.

Suspected cocaine, suspected marijuana, an inactive grenade and two glass pipes with residue were found in the room, records show.

On the way to a hospital, Allen said, "He did this because it was the only way he knew how to get help," according to the report.

Allen was arrested on charges of false report of a bomb, possession of cannabis, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a hoax bomb, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of cocaine and criminal mischief.

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