Man taken into custody at Washington County hotel charged with attempted rape

The importance of employee training and development in the hotel industry can’t be overstated. From management to front desk to housekeeping, guest and employee safety centers on the skills, knowledge, and professionalism of the entire staff. Providing ongoing attention to training and development of your staff provides your staff with the tools and confidence to think and act clearly in adverse situations. Employee training was key at Cambria Suites Hotel in Pennsylvania. WPXI News reports the tense moments leading up to the arrest of the perpetrator.

 

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. —

A naked man taken into custody at a North Strabane Township hotel Thursday is facing multiple felony charges.

Police have charged John Heina of Ohio, with terroristic threats, attempted rape and assault.

A 911 call placed from inside the Cambria Suites Hotel Thursday morning stated that a gunman was reportedly running through the hallways, threatening to kill people, police said.

Chopper 11 video from the scene showed a heavy police presence, with ambulances on standby.

“They were terrified. They have someone running around the hotel hallway, saying different things, acting aggressively,” North Strabane Police Chief Brian Hughes said.

Hughes said when his officers first arrived, the gunman yelled for them to shoot and kill him, but they were able to take him into custody.

A SWAT team that was called to the scene checked each floor and room of the hotel, searching for a gun that the man allegedly threatened to use, police said.

“We have yet to find a weapon that was allegedly used in this incident,” Hughes said.

Investigators said they learned that the man taken into custody was completely naked when he assaulted a housekeeper at the hotel and ripped the phone out of her hands when she tried to call for help. Two of her co-workers came to her aid, pulled him off of her and held him down in a sheet until police arrived, authorities said.

Police said the man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to Washington hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Channel 11’s Cara Sapida spoke with the Cambria Suites’ manager who said his staff did everything they were trained to do to make sure everyone was safe.

Heina is expected to be arraigned Friday evening or in the coming days.

Sapida also reported that he is facing multiple other charges.

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