VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach police are releasing very little information about a SWAT scene at a hotel on Northampton Boulevard Monday morning.
Police spokesman Officer Jimmy Cason confirmed police and SWAT were at the EconoLodge Inn & Suites serving warrants beginning at 8:30 a.m., but said he could not answer any other questions, nor address the alleged crimes included in the warrants.
10 On Your Side spoke to people who were staying at the EconoLodge, and woke up to the police presence.
“I heard a loud boom. It was extremely loud, it sounded more like an explosive than a gunshot,” said Billy Ford. “I started to get up and look out the window, but I hesitated for a few minutes. […] By the time I got up, all I saw was the place was swarmed with police officers, the little SWAT-mobiles and whatnot.”
Cason said he could not answer questions about the noise Ford heard, or whether the occupants of the hotel were safe during the raid.
A woman who identified herself as the general manager of the EconoLodge said no one had to evacuate, but would not elaborate.
Ford said he saw a man in handcuffs, who matched the description of a man sitting in the back of a squad car early Monday afternoon as police continued to investigate the hotel and search a vehicle. Cason could not confirm whether any suspects were apprehended or arrested.
Annie Davis was on her way to her child’s school conference this morning when she heard the chaos, including a man and a woman screaming at each other.
“It was people screaming at each other, I heard ‘Why did you do this,’ or ‘Why did you cause that?'” Davis said. “I just knew it was some type of chaos, so I got my kids in the car as quickly as I could.”
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