This is one way to say, hello! When his family would not answer their hotel room door, this man took matters into his own hands, trying to reach his family in an unusually dangerous fashion by driving his vehicle right through the exterior wall of the hotel while his family slept across the hall. On top of it all, the hotel suffered more damage than the man and his vehicle. New York Daily News, David Boroff reports this bizarre story.
It was a strange way to say hello.
A California man repeatedly rammed his Hummer into the wall of a hotel as he apparently tried to reach the room where family members were staying, cops said.
Initially, Richard Melendez was causing a smaller disruption by banging on the door of his mother’s and sister’s room at 1 a.m. Friday morning at the Extended Stay America hotel in San Dimas, KTLA reported.
When authorities arrived, the 28-year-old Melendez had vanished, but he returned later and drove his Hummer into the wall of the hotel 6-10 times, according to the station.
Melendez stopped after the Hummer partially entered the hotel room. Thankfully, his wife and four young children were sleeping across the hall, KTLA reported.
Witnesses told police that Melendez was drunk and had a gun, but no weapon was found at the scene, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told KTLA.
No one was injured, but several people in the hotel were evacuated, the station reported.
Witnesses told ABC that Melendez may have been upset about gambling losses.
“Supposedly he lost all his money, lost the house and everything, so that might have contributed to what happened,” Mark Kuszewski told the station.
Melendez was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.