Denver, CO – Police offered details about the discovery of a gun cache in a hotel room by Coors Field on Friday and released pictures of the suspects who were arrested.
Probably cause statements for the search warrants said that a housekeeper at The Maven Hotel on Wazee Street, located less than a block from Coors Field, walked into a hotel room on the 8th Floor and saw a rifle and what she thought were metal gun parts, KDVR reported.
The room had a balcony with an unobstructed view of Coors Field and authorities have said they believe a “Las Vegas-style” massacre was narrowly avoided.
The housekeeper notified management about what she had seen and they realized the people renting the room had a second room at the hotel, and had requested to extend their stay and switch to a room overlooking the alley.
Staff members also figured out which vehicles in the parking garage belonged to the suspect guests and went to find them, KDVR reported.
The hotel called police after employees saw high-capacity magazines, ballistic vests, and a duty belt inside the vehicles.
“It should be noted that this information was concerning to officers due to the location of the rifle, ballistic vest, duty belt and requesting a room with a balcony coupled with the fact that the 2021 Major League Baseball All-star Game events happening in the immediate area of the hotel,” the affidavit read.
When police arrived on the scene, officers spotted Richard Platt leaving one of the hotel rooms and followed him to the basement of the hotel, KDVR reported.
At the same time police discovered Platt had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest from Douglas County, so they took him into custody.
As police waited for their search warrant requests to be approved, officers ordered Kanoelehua Serikawa out of one of the hotel rooms they were investigating and arrested her, KDVR reported.
Police got the search warrant at about 10 p.m. on July 9 and found 12 guns, a lot of cash, a large amount of ecstasy pills, and heroin.
The officers searched the other room and found numerous guns and Ricardo Rodriguez, whom they arrested on the spot, KDVR reported.
Police found Gabriel Rodriguez in the hotel carrying a backpack that contained a loaded Kal-Tec 9mm semi-automatic handgun.
The suspect also had a large amount of methamphetamine and a small baggie of black tar heroin in his back, according to KDVR.
Platt, 42, was taken into custody for possession of a weapon by a previous offender, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (two counts), and on a warrant from another jurisdiction, KMGH reported.
His bond was set at $50,000 on Sunday.
Gabriel Rodriguez, 48, was arrested for possession of a weapon by a previous offender and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
Ricardo Rodriguez, 44, was facing charges for possession of a weapon by a previous offender, according to KMGH.
The only woman detained – 43-year-old Serikawa – was held for investigation of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and on a warrant from another jurisdiction.
Serikawa did not appear to have prior convictions on her record.
The Rodriguezes and Serikawa appeared before Judge Tanja Wheeler on Monday morning, KMGH reported.
Denver Deputy District Attorney Michelle Williams told Wheeler that prosecutors believed Ricardo Rodriguez “seems to be the leader of this entire incident.”
The judge granted Williams’ request and held Ricardo Rodriguez on a $75,000 cash-only bond, KMGH reported.
Police said that he was the one who had rented both hotel rooms.
The judge set cash-only bond for Gabriel Rodriguez and Serikawa at $50,000 on July 12, KMGH reported.