The Monterey County Sheriffs’ Office arrested a Santa Barbara man at a luxury hotel in Carmel Thursday night after he threatened to kill deputies with an assault rifle.
At 10:28 p.m. on Thursday, staff at the Carmel Hyatt hotel at 120 Highlands Drive phoned deputies to report that a male guest, later identified as 51-year-old Lawrence Frassoldati, was yelling and cursing in the pool area, deputies said.
When hotel staff told Frassoldati to go to back to his room, he said, “Call the cops and make sure they bring their guns because it’s not going to end well,” according to deputies.
The man then told staff that he was responsible for killing Osama Bin Laden, deputies said.
When deputies arrived outside the Hyatt, they observed Frassoldati standing on the balcony of his room. He started yelling at them, stating he had a Beretta pistol and an AR-15 assault weapon and was going to kill the first person who came through the door to his room.
The suspect also had destroyed parts of his guest room and a window outside the room. The hotel estimated the damage at $2,000, deputies said.
After deputies entered his room, the man got into a “bladed fighting stance” and started fighting with deputies, who had to use a Taser on him several times to subdue him before being able to take him into custody.
Frassoldati suffered minor injuries and on the way to the hospital for treatment, he kicked out the window of a patrol car, deputies said.
Frassoldati was booked into county jail on suspicion of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, resisting an executive officer, making criminal threats and vandalism of more than $400 in damages.
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