An arsenal of weapons and ammunition found in a Waikiki hotel room landed a man in the hospital, but not in police custody over the weekend. A 38-year-old man had posted “suspicious messages” on social media, prompting the FBI to ask HPD to conduct a welfare check. No further information is yet available on the content of those messages or how the authorities were alerted to the messages in the first place.
Police tracked him down Thursday night and, upon arriving at his hotel room, found the guns, 18 knives, and more than 800 rounds of ammunition and shotgun shells. Investigators also found bulletproof vests, camouflage uniforms, a mask, and psychiatric medications in the room.
The man, who is a local Hawaii resident, told police he brought all the weapons and ammunition to the hotel room over the course of a few days. Police learned that all the guns were registered to the man and were confiscated.
In an email response, the Honolulu Police Department said:
HPD officers responded to a report of a suspicious male in Waikiki yesterday. The male was located and taken to a hospital for evaluation, where he remains. No charges have been filed at this time.
Investigators recovered the man’s belongings, which included firearms and knives. HPD and FBI investigators are continuing to work on this case, and no further information is being released at this time.”
The scene in the hotel room sounds vaguely similar to that of the now rarely talked about Las Vegas shooter, who killed 58 concert goers from his Mandalay Bay hotel room in October 2017.
The question is — have we gotten better about actually seeing something and saying something, or did we just get lucky this time?
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This vintage Bob Lang cartoon may be referring to radical terrorists, specifically, but the same issues hold here — what are we missing before the terrorist event happens?