DENVER – Police feared a “Las Vegas-style shooting” during the All-Star Game in Denver after arresting four people Friday night at the Maven Hotel, based on the number of gun and ammunition investigators found at the scene.
Several informed law enforcement sources in connection with the investigation told Denver7’s Liz Gelardi and Denver7 chief investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski that they intercepted the weapons in a hotel room near Coors Field in front of the All-Star Game on Friday.
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Sources said the weapons were discovered by a maid who alerted authorities. Based on the information from the employee, police executed a search warrant and found weapons, ammunition, body armor and a man inside the room on the 8th floor.
One of the suspects arrested Friday night had posted a message on Facebook referring to a recent divorce and saying he would “go out in a big way”, according to several law enforcement sources.
SWAT teams responded to the Maven Hotel, and Wazee Street was closed to the public as investigators battled the scene. A witness saw a car being loaded on a flatbed. Other witnesses said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen was one of the law enforcement officials investigating the site at the hotel.
A total of three men and a woman were arrested Friday night along with two vehicles, which were also seized to be processed for possible evidence.
- Richard Platt, 42, for investigating a previous weapon’s possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance for distribution (two counts) and a power from another jurisdiction.
- Gabriel Rodriguez, 48, for investigating the possession of a former offender, possession of a controlled substance for distribution.
- Ricardo Rodriguez, 44, for investigating previous possession of a weapon.
- Kanoelehua Serikawa, 43, for investigating possession of a controlled substance for distribution and a power from another jurisdiction.
The investigation is active and ongoing, and Denver police are urging anyone with information to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).
“The investigation and the arrests were the result of a tip from the public that served as an excellent example of the critical role that society plays in public safety,” police said in a press release Saturday night. DPD urges residents and visitors to always be aware of their surroundings and immediately report suspicious or illegal activity to the police. Call 911 for emergencies; the non-emergency number is 720-913-2000. ”
Denver7 is working to learn more about these arrests and whether the suspects are connected to each other in any way.