A Turlock man who didn’t want to leave his motel room claimed to have an explosive device, prompting an evacuation and a standoff Wednesday afternoon.
No bomb was located, but the suspect, Raymond Hansen Jr., 55, did cause considerable damage to the room while the police response unfurled.
Just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday Turlock Police officers were dispatched to the Days Inn at 185 N. Tully Rd., regarding a call of a bomb threat.
Officers met with hotel management who reported the cleaning staff discovered a room was still occupied by a guest, despite being well past checkout time. The guest, identified as Hanen, refused to leave and reported to staff he had a bomb with him while inside the bathroom, said Turlock Police Sgt. Michael Parmley.
Hotel management requested Hansen be removed from the room and prosecuted for trespassing.
Officers attempted to make contact with Hansen, but he refused to comply with orders to exit the room. Due to the possibility of Hansen having an explosive device, officers on scene did not immediately enter the hotel room, Parmley said.
Several of the guests in the adjacent hotel rooms had to be evacuated, while officers surrounded Hansen’s location and attempted to negotiate with him.
Turlock Police Hostage Negotiators responded to the scene, along with members of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.). After several hours of attempting to negotiate with Hansen, S.W.A.T. officers entered the hotel room after deploying chemical agents. Hansen eventually surrendered to officers and exited the bathroom.
After officers were able to observe Hansen and the contents of the restroom, it was determined no explosive device was present. Extensive damage to the restroom and flooding to the hotel room were a result of Hansen’s actions, Parmley said.
Hansen was provided after care for his exposure to the chemical agents. He was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail and charged with making a false bomb threat, trespass, felony vandalism, a parole violation and failing to register as a sex offender. He remains in custody without bail.
Turlock Police Department staff ask that anyone with information regarding this investigation call Officer Elias Arroyo at (209) 668-6553. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.