Man from Iowa who had guns at W Chicago Lakeshore hotel “didn’t mean to jump” – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (AP) – A man from Iowa arrested by Chicago police for having guns and ammunition in his hotel room overlooking a Lake Michigan beach told officers who responded “he didn’t want to scare anyone.”

He said he simply forgot to remove the guns from a bag while packing for a trip to town.

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Police video released Thursday shows a 32-year-old man Keegan Castle telling officers that he forgot to remove all the guns from his shooting bag because he had packed his bags in a hurry before leaving for Chicago.

Casteel was arrested for weapons offenses after a Gold Coast hotel worker found a rifle with a scope and laser sight “in a very suspicious position” in a room overlooking Ohio Street Beach.

An employee of the W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel, at 644 N. Lake Shore Dr., found a .308 caliber rifle with a high powered scope and laser sight in Casteel’s room on the 12th floor of the hotel. The worker also found a handgun and several ammunition stores.

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Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown said the employee found the rifle and handgun “in a very suspicious position inside one of the rooms,” along with five rifle magazines on a window sill.

Casteel’s attorney says he was in Chicago over the weekend of July 4 to propose to his girlfriend.

The man from Ankeny, Iowa, proposed after his release.

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