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Police: Man With Semi-Automatic Handgun Arrested at Hyatt House

A New York man was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon after police found a semi-automatic handgun that reports said he used to threaten a woman.

Burlington Police made an early-morning arrest today after receiving reports of a man with a gun at local hotel.

According to a release from the Burlington Police Department, on Wednesday Feb. 20, at approximately 1:40 a.m. members of the the Burlington Police Department responded to a report of a man with a gun at the Hyatt House, 2 Van De Graff Drive.

The initial report indicated the man had threatened a woman with the gun inside a room at the hotel and was now in the hallway.

Officers located and questioned Luis Pinder of New York, N.Y. who denied any knowledge of a gun.

However, after interviewing witnesses, the Burlington K-9 responded to perform a search of the area.  The search led officers to the parking lot where ammunition was found in a snow bank behind a storage trailer. Police say a semi-automatic handgun was also located after officers used a metal detector as part of the search.

Pinder was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Carrying a Weapon Unlicensed, Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Firearm while intoxicated and Threat to Commit a Crime.

Don Winslow February 21, 2013 at 01:15 PM
All hand guns are "semi-automatic" . Next you are going to call it an "assault pistol" stop sensationalizing
J. Parker February 21, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Oh, it's so nice to have so many hotels and businesses here in Burlington ! (sigh)
Richard Hosford (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Hi Don. There was no attempt to be sensational. That was the language the police used in the release concerning this incident
Arthur February 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Travel a few communities closer to Boston and this a daily if not several times per day event.
Burlington City Hall February 27, 2013 at 01:58 PM
J. Parker it's nice to have tens of thousands of jobs in the community and some of the most well respected tech companies in the world. Obviously you need hotels for the transients businessmen/women. The online prostitution that goes on at Hyatt and Candlewood Suites needs to be looked at more. Police set up more stings. This guy was obviously a pimp threatening a hooker.

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