LONG BEACH, California (AP) – A chef at a hotel in the Los Angeles area has been arrested after he claims he threatened mass shooting and stored handguns and hundreds of rounds at his home, police said Wednesday.
Rodolfo Montoya, 37, was arrested on Tuesday at his home in Huntington Beach, police said.
Montoya was upset over a human resources issue when he told a colleague in Long Beach Marriott on Monday that "he was going to shoot colleagues and people entering the hotel," Police Chief Robert Luna said
An employee reported to the general manager of the hotel who contacted police
A search of a Huntoton Beach home in Montoya was assaulted ̵
Montoya "had clear plans, intentions and resources for committing an act of violence that could have led to a mass casualty with the victims, "Luna said.
At a press conference, Luna thanked Imran Ahmed, the hotel's general manager, for calling the authorities.
" Sir, you saved a lot. not only the lives of your employees, but of all the customers who may have been in the Marriott when that person decided to show up and fulfill his threat, "Luna said.
The chief said that Montoya did not appear to have a criminal history that would prevent him from legally buying weapons, although some of the weapons magazines and large capacity in his home may be illegal.
Montoya was arrested on suspicion of producing, possessing and distributing assault weapons and criminal threats. He was held on $ 500,000 bail. It was not immediately clear if there was a lawyer.