KEARNEY – A man from Council Bluffs faces a terrorist threat charge after being upset by a change in his hotel reservation on Saturday in Kearney.
Paul M. Hayden III, 30, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, is charged by Buffalo County Court with making terrorist threats after allegedly threatening staff at the Ramada Inn, 301 Second Ave. He is accused of entering the hotel and threatening to shoot after his reservation was canceled.
Court records say that around 6:26 p.m. on Saturday, a woman and Hayden arrived at the hotel to check into a room they had previously reserved online. The woman was upset because the reservation was not what she wanted, and pets were not allowed in the poolside rooms. Records say the hotel could not give her another room as they were booked on Saturday night, and the woman became aggressive towards staff members.
The hotel manager then canceled the room and the woman left. Shortly after, Hayden walked into the hotel, was verbally aggressive towards staff members and said: “It would be really funny if the place was shot,” the files say.
The man then left and hotel staff called the Kearney Police Department.
When the police arrived, they were given a license plate number for the woman’s and man’s vehicle. Police raided the area and found the vehicle at a nearby hotel.