Four individuals were detained after a maid alerted authorities to the presence of more than a dozen guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition in a hotel room in Denver.
Police removed 16 long guns, body armor and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from a hotel room on the eighth floor of the Maven Hotel near Coors Field, which is set to host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, The Denver Channel reported.
Based on the information provided by the hotel employee on Friday, police executed a search warrant and found a man inside the room which featured a balcony overlooking the downtown Denver area along with the weapons.
The suspects were identified as 42-year-old Richard Platt and Gabriel Rodriguez, 48, who are both facing investigation for possession of weapons by a previous offender and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
Ricardo Rodriguez, 44, is being investigated for prior offender possession of a firearm, and Kanoelehua Serikawa, 43, is being probed for controlled drug possession with intent to distribute.
Both Platt and Serikawa were sought on warrants from other states.
“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,” the Denver Police Department said. “DPD encourages residents and visitors to always be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious or illegal activity to police immediately.”
According to police, one of the suspects wrote a message on Facebook stating he was intending to “go out in a big way” after a recent divorce.
Authorities warned of a “Las Vegas-style shooting,” alluding to the 2017 event in Las Vegas in which a shooter on the 32nd story of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino opened fire on a crowd attending a country music festival outdoors, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.
In a news statement issued on Sunday, the FBI stated that there was “no reason to believe this incident was connected to terrorism or a threat directed at the All-Star Game,”
“We are not aware of any threat to the All-Star Game events, venues, players or the community at this time,” the agency said.
The MLB All-Star Home Run Derby is set to be held at Coors Field on Monday, followed by the All-Star Game on Tuesday.