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Armed guest who hadn’t paid bill barricaded himself inside room at I-Drive hotel, deputies say

Suspect eventually surrendered

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said a guest at the International Drive hotel who refused to leave the property has surrendered to deputies.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said a guest at the International Drive hotel who refused to leave the property has surrendered to deputies. (WKMG)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A guest who was asked to leave an International Drive hotel because he hadn’t paid his bill instead got a gun and locked himself in a laundry room, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said they responded to the WoodSpring Suites extended-stay hotel at about 12:20 p.m. Thursday because the property manager said Alric Freeman hadn’t paid his bill and he needed to be trespassed, but Freeman refused to leave his hotel room.

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Records show Freeman was worried about getting arrested even after a deputy repeatedly told him that he was only being trespassed.

After about two hours, the deputy left in hopes of deescalating the situation and went back to his patrol vehicle to file the report. While he was there, he received another call from the same location.

The manager said Freeman left the hotel room with a gun in his hand and went to the lobby to yell for the manager, who was hiding under a desk in fear, according to the report.

As multiple deputies entered the lobby to confront Freeman and ask him to put his weapon down, he locked himself in a laundry room, records show.

He surrendered before 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

He’s facing charges of armed trespassing, resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct.