Denver Police seized 16 long guns, bulletproof vests and more than 1,000 rounds on Friday from a hotel about two blocks from the stadium where the Major League Baseball All-Star game is scheduled to be played this week , according to officials and locals. reports.
Three men and a woman were arrested at the Maven Hotel, Denver police said in a declaration. The hotel, on Wazee Street, is near Coors Field, where some of baseball’s biggest stars will face off in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Police, who had search warrants and were acting on a tip from a hotel employee, seized weapons and drugs from two rooms in the hotel, police said during a press conference on Sunday.
One of the rooms was on the eighth floor with a balcony facing downtown, the Denver Post reported. Police did not say what was seized on Sunday, but The Post reported that more than a dozen long guns were among the recovered weapons.
Police did not explicitly state whether those arrested had stockpiled weapons for a similar attack to the Las Vegas shooting in 2017 in which a man fired from his hotel room on the upper floor on crowds attending a music festival, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds.
“We need to identify exactly, as far as possible, why the individuals were here in the first place – why the proximity to the city center,” said city police chief Paul M. Pazen.
The FBI office in Denver said it did not believe the arrests were terrorism-related. “We are not aware of any threats to the All-Star Game events, sites, players or community at this time,” he said on Twitter on Sunday.
A spokeswoman for the Denver Emergency Management Office also said there was no indication those arrested planned a mass shooting.
Three of the suspects – Richard Platt, 42; Gabriel Rodriguez, 48 years old; and Ricardo Rodriguez, 44 – were charged with possession of a weapon by a former offender, police said. Mr. Platt and Gabriel Rodriguez, as well as the woman, Kanoelehua Serikawa, 43, were also charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intention of distributing it.
Mr. Platt and Ms. Serikawa had outstanding warrants for unspecified charges originating in other jurisdictions. Police said Gabriel Rodriguez and Ricardo Rodriguez did not appear to be related. The hometowns of those charged were not available.
“It is very important to be able to detain four people when we are talking about weapons and to do so safely and without incident,” said Chief Pazen.
Major League Baseball did not respond to emails or phone calls on Sunday.
One of the suspects posted on Facebook that he was “going out on a big date” and recently divorced, The Post reported. It is not known which of those arrested wrote this message.
“Our team promptly alerted authorities in this case,” Sage Hospitality Group, the company operating the Maven Hotel, said in a statement. “We thank DPD for their rapid action. “
This week’s All-Star Game was originally scheduled to be held in Atlanta, but Major League Baseball decided in April to move the game to Colorado after President Biden joined the growing call to withdraw the game from Georgia.
Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola also lobbied Major League Baseball to move the game after Republicans in the Georgia state legislature passed restrictive voting legislation.