Police officials arrested Gary Lamphier of Sanford, Florida who walked into the Casa Monica Hotel with a loaded shotgun. He was arrested by police for armed robbery and aggravated assault, possession of marijuana and carrying concealed weapon. He was not an employee of the hotel.
The Casa Monica Hotel is located in the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida which is the Nation’s Oldest City. I personally have been in the Casa Monica Hotel with my children on several occasions. It is a beautiful hotel with a nice bar and restaurant. It is a great relief that no persons were harmed by the Defendant but it is quite frightening to know that the incident took place in a hotel that seems safe and far removed from crime and related problems.
Hotels like the Casa Monica have a duty to maintain its premises in a safe manner. If there is a pattern of crimes like this in or near Casa Monica, additional security measures would be in order to protect vistitors and patrons of the hotel.
This incident was reported in the Florida Times Unoion newspaper. The brief article can be viewed by Man Walks Into St. Augustine Florida Hotel (Case Monica) with Loaded Shot Gun.