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Man barricades himself in Orlando hotel room

Suspect faces burglary charge


A man is in custody after police said he broke into an unknown man’s room at an Orlando hotel, then barricaded himself in a bathroom for hours Sunday evening.

Orlando police said the man forced his way into the victim’s hotel room, hid in the bathroom and called 911. He told an operator that he was being followed by gang members with knives, records show.

“They are coming through the walls and ceiling. I’m going to shoot. It’s my time to die,” the man said, according to the affidavit.

He claimed to have two guns.

The standoff ended after about three and half hours when SWAT team members used tear gas. They eventually forced their way in the room at the Ambassador Hotel on Colonial Drive.

“It’s at the very least a burglary. He entered a hotel room that wasn’t his and he basically barricaded himself inside a bathroom,” Orlando police Lt. Frank Chisari said.

It’s unclear if the man was armed.

“He had claimed to be armed. In some type of altercation with somebody else, he might have been shot at is what he was saying,” said Chisari.

Orlando Police said neither the victim or the suspect were hurt. The victim was able to get away and call 911.

“He called the police and said that his room was burglarized,” Chisari said.

Neighbors watched on for hours Sunday as SWAT team member went back and forth between hotel rooms. Some residents had to be evacuated.

"Crazy," said hotel resident Jerry Postel. "When it first started you couldn’t go nowhere. They flash banged the room, they hit it with tear gas."

The man was taken to a mental health facility to receive treatment under the Baker Act. Records show he will faces charges of criminal mischief and burglary of a dwelling.


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