The suspect shot by federal agents during Wednesday’s warrant arrest had checked in to a Nanuet hotel without a reservation the night before, the facility’s general manager said Thursday.
The man didn’t leave his room until Wednesday and had not checked out when the shooting occurred as the suspect was getting into his car, Jeff Weinberger of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nanuet said Thursday.
“We never had anything like this, never,” Weinberger said of the shooting. “I was just the unlucky hotel that he chose to stay at Tuesday night. He just came in as walk-in with no reservation.”
NANUET: DEA agent shoots suspect at DoubleTree hotel in gun investigation
A suspect was shot Wednesday night outside the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nanuet as the federal Drug Enforcement Administration was executing an arrest warrant. Thursday, October 29, 2020. (Photo: John Meore/USA Today Network)
On Wednesday evening, federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents converged on the hotel at 425 East W. Route 59 to serve a warrant on gun-related charges after surveilling a suspect who was shot in the shoulder and leg in the parking lot, according to authorities. He was hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday.
A second suspect was detained Wednesday night and one firearm was recovered. Circumstances and charges were not being revealed pending arraignment.
DEA Special Agent Erin Mulvey said the suspect who was shot would not be presented in court until Friday afternoon. The status of the second suspect was not immediately clear.
Weinberger said guests were concerned and some arrivals initially had trouble getting into the hotel but no one canceled their reservations. About 80 to 100 rooms were occupied at the time of the shooting.
“It was way over by the time anyone figured out what happened. Business is normal,” he said Thursday. “This is a one-off thing.”
Not a trouble spot
The scene of Wednesday’s shooting is not a trouble spot for local cops, and is better known for hosting political gatherings and film crews than a weapons suspect being pursued by the feds.
Clarkstown police responded to the DoubleTree between 70 and 80 times in the past year, with the majority of those involving medical calls, noise complaints and other non-criminal incidents, department spokesman Officer Norman Peters said. The number of responses is not unusual for a 156-room hotel, he said.
There were no weapons arrests and only one report of a fight, said Peters, whose department was not involved in Wednesday’s warrant arrest but responded to assist in securing the site.
“Situations like this obviously are not endemic to Clarkstown and not this hotel, which has a reputation as one of the better hotels in Rockland County,” Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann said Thursday.
The hotel’s proximity to the Palisades Interstate Parkway and New York State Thruway may have made it a convenient landing spot for someone laying low, but it also contributes to the DoubleTree’s popularity among production crews during filming.
The hotel is currently hosting the production company of the Apple TV+ series “Ray James,” which is being shot in Rockland County; in the past crews filming shows like “Blacklist,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Billions” have stayed at the upscale hotel, which was converted in 2015 from a Comfort Inn.
The facility has for years hosted election night gatherings by county Democrats and Republicans, as well as conferences, educational seminars and social occasions.
Staff writer Michael Randall contributed to this report.
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