Disgruntled Colts Fan Suspect In $2 Million Hotel Damage
Police Say Someone Opened Water Pipes, Heavily Damaging Hotel
Last Updated: 971 days ago
A disgruntled Indianapolis Colts fan could be to blame for $2 million in damage to a Jacksonville, Fla., hotel that happened hours after the Colts lost there a few weeks ago.Florida authorities said the San Marco Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn were damaged when someone tampered with two water valves, unleashing thousands of gallons of water onto five floors on Oct. 4.The damage forced the closure of the hotel, which may not reopen until the middle of December, Jacksonville TV station WJXT reported.According to a police report, officials suspect a man described as an angry, drunken Indianapolis Colts fan may have opened water pipes in two stairwells, causing the damage.Police questioned the man, who lives in the Tampa area, but he was not arrested. WJXT reported that there were no surveillance cameras in the stairwells.Hotel employees told police they suspected the Colts fan, who was described as "severely intoxicated and angry" in a police report, because he was hanging out in the lobby at 3 a.m. on the day the damage occurred and his friends told employees they were looking for him.The man told police that he wouldn't tamper with pipes, according to the report.