California hotel cook charged with threat of mass shooting


A cook at a Long Beach, Calif., Hotel who allegedly threatened to shoot colleagues and guests this week has been charged with four counts, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Rodolfo Montoya, 37, who worked at the Marriott hotel near the Long Beach airport, was arrested on Tuesday. Police said they found several high powered guns, hundreds of rounds and 38 magazines capable of holding 30 rounds each in his Huntington Beach home.

Police said Montoya was upset with human resource issues and told a colleague he planned to shoot other hotel workers and guests. This colleague brought the threat to the attention of the authorities.

Montoya is charged with two counts of criminal threats as well as one count each of deterring a witness by force or threat and possession of an assault weapon, the district attorney’s office said. He identified the assault weapon as a Colt AR-15 rifle.

It was not clear if Montoya had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

If he is found guilty of the facts, he risks more than five years in prison, the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement. Montoya is being held in lieu of a $ 500,000 bond. A prison official said he was still being held Thursday evening.

Long Beach Police Chief Robert G. Luna greeted the employee who reported the threat on Wednesday and said it likely saved lives.

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