DENVER – Police feared a “Las Vegas-style shooting” during the All-Star Game in Denver after the arrest of four people Friday night at the Maven Hotel, based on the number of weapons and ammunition investigators found at the scene.
Multiple informed law enforcement sources involved in the investigation told Denver7’s Liz Gelardi and Denver7 chief investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski that they had intercepted the weapons in a hotel room near Coors Field ahead of All-Star Game Friday.
Sources said police removed 16 long rifles, body armor and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from a room on the eighth floor of the Maven Hotel that had a balcony. The sources said they feared the number of guns, ammunition, vantage point and large crowds could have led to a Las Vegas-style shooting.
The sources said the weapons were discovered by a maid who alerted authorities. Based on the information provided by the employee, the police executed a search warrant and found the weapons, ammunition, body armor and a man in the room on the eighth floor.
One of the suspects arrested Friday night had posted a message on Facebook referring to a recent divorce and saying he was “going to have a big date,” according to multiple law enforcement sources.
SWAT teams responded to the Maven Hotel and Wazee Street was closed to the public as investigators combed the scene. A witness saw how a car was being loaded onto a flatbed trailer. Other witnesses said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen was one of the law enforcement officers investigating the scene at the hotel.
In all, three men and one woman were arrested Friday night, along with two vehicles that were also seized to be processed for possible evidence.
- Richard Platt, 42, for investigation into gun ownership by a previous offender, possession of a controlled substance with intent to disperse (two counts) and a warrant from another jurisdiction.
- Gabriel Rodriguez, 48, for investigation into weapons possession by a previous offender, possession of a controlled substance with intent to disperse.
- Ricardo Rodriguez, 44, for investigation into gun ownership by a previous offender.
- Kanoelehua Serikawa, 43, for investigation into possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and an order from another jurisdiction.
The investigation is active and ongoing, and the Denver Police Department is encouraging anyone with information to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).
“The investigation and arrests were the result of a tip-off from the public and served as an excellent example of the critical role the community plays in public safety,” police said in a press release Saturday night. “DPD encourages residents and visitors to always be alert to their surroundings and to immediately report suspicious or illegal activities to the police. Call 911 for emergencies; the non-emergency number is 720-913-2000.”
Denver7 is trying to find out more about these arrests and whether the suspects are related in any way.