An Iowa man has been arrested after a rifle and ammunition were found inside his hotel room on the Fourth of July. A member of the cleaning staff at the W Hotel alerted authorities about firearms he found “in a very suspicious position inside one of the rooms” on Sunday.
The rifle and handgun, along with five rifle magazines, were found lying on the windowsill of the hotel room on the busy holiday weekend night. The hotel overlooks Navy Pier and the lakefront, where hordes of people gather for Fourth of July festivities.
Keegan Casteel, 32, of Ankeny, Iowa, was questioned by the Chicago Police Department’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and arrested without incident. He’s been charged with two felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, police said.
Chicago suffered a bloody holiday weekend, with 100 people shot since Friday night, 18 fatally, officials said Tuesday. In anticipation of the violence, CPD beefed up security measures throughout the city. Overall, 12,00 officials had days off canceled and worked 12-hour shifts in a strategy focusing on 15 violence-prone areas in the city.