Police identify Omni Hotel barricade suspect

Police identify Omni Hotel barricade suspect

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police have identified the man suspected of causing a barricade situation at the Omni Richmond Hotel on June 19.

Charles W. McKinney, 48, of Richmond, is accused of breaking down walls between rooms in the hotel. He was later found under a mattress.

Police say the man in the room has been detained and is alive.

A source said someone discovered a note thrown out of a window reading "help" during the incident, and a window was broken out on the 15th floor of the hotel.

Police were initially called to the area at 11:15 a.m.

The Richmond Police Department was on the scene, along with a SWAT team through the middle of the afternoon.

Hostage negotiators were in contact with him for hours, police said. When he stopped responding, they broke down the door and took him into custody.

McKinney, who is being charged with property damage, received a mental health evaluation at a local hospital.

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