Disgruntled Hotel Cook at California Marriott Arrested After Threatening Mass Shooting and Police Find Multiple Guns and Ammunition Stored in His Home

This photo released Aug. 21, 2019, by the Long Beach, Calif., Police Department shows weapons and ammunition seized from a cook at a Los Angeles-area hotel who allegedly threatened a mass shooting. (Photo: AP)

A California hotel cook who was upset over a work-related human resources issue was arrested after he threatened a mass shooting and stored guns and ammunition at his home, police said.  

Authorities said Rodolfo Montoya, 37, told a co-worker he was going to shoot fellow employees and guests at the Long Beach Marriott. The co-worker told the hotel’s general manager who reported the matter to police.

Police arrested Montoya on Tuesday at his Huntington Beach home.

Multiple firearms, an assault rifle, tactical gear, dozens of high-capacity magazines and hundreds of bullets were seized from Montoya’s home, police said.

Police Chief Robert Luna said Montoya “had clear plans, intent and the means to carry out an act of violence that may have resulted in a mass casualty incident.”

Luna said Montoya did not have a criminal history that would have prevented him from legally owning the guns.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Nicquel Terry Ellis