According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, a Burnsville hotel was the temporary home of an alleged bond jumping drug abuser who was being actively sought by bounty hunters. While this sort of thing happens all the time, it just seems that Burnsville hotels continually see more action than anywhere else in Dakota County. With talk of a new hotel in the HoC, it’s a little disturbing that Burnsville hotels continue to be a magnet for criminals.
From the complaint:
On February 6, 2013, officers with the Burnsville Police Department responded to a hotel in the City of Burnsville, Dakota County, Minnesota, on a report of a male at the hotel who had active warrants for his arrest. Officers learned from an agent with a bonding company that Jesse Ray Whaley was believed to be at the hotel in room #159. Officers checked the hotel registry and learned that Whaley was not registered to room #159. Hotel staff then asked law enforcement to assist them in checking room #159 for any unregistered guests as they wanted assistance in removing them from the hotel.
Officers, along with hotel management, went to room #159 and knocked on the door two separate times. After receiving no answer, the door was opened with a master key provided by management. As the officers entered they observed a male lying in the bed farthest from the door. The male was covered in a blanket. One of the officers believed that male to be Whaley based upon a photo he observed previously of Whaley. The male then verbally identified himself as Whaley.
Whaley was arrested on the outstanding warrants. On the bed where Whaley’s midsection had been lying, was a small clear plastic baggie with a crystal substance believed to be narcotics in it. The baggie was seized. Next to Whaley’s wallet, which was on the nightstand, was a small butane torch commonly used for smoking narcotics.
While this isn’t a hole blown in a door by a gun, it still could have become a dangerous situation and one which Burnsville hotels seem to encounter far more than anywhere else in the South Metro. While Burnsville’s Police Department seems to do what they can to avoid these sorts of issues, something else needs to be done to protect those who are innocently staying in hotels in the city.
What do you think about this one? Are you surprised a Burnsville hotel could have been on an episode of Dog the Bounty Hunter? Will the new Heart of the City hotel help this trend or make it worse? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.