Hotel standoff ends empty-handed for police

A seven hour standoff at the Howard Johnson on Brookdale Avenue Aug. 12, 2015 ended up with police finding the room empty. An investigation is ongoing. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A seven-hour standoff at a Cornwall hotel has ended with a heavily damaged hotel room and police empty-handed.

The episode started around 5:30 p.m. after reports of someone hold up in a room at the Howard Johnson on Brookdale Avenue.

A source told Cornwall Newswatch it was believed that one, possible two, people were in the ground-floor unit and had barricaded themselves. It was also believed there may have been guns in the room.

Police won’t confirm nor deny if any weapons were found.

Neighbouring streets around the hotel, such as Rosemount Avenue, were shut down as plain clothes officers peppered the area while the Cornwall Emergency Response Team (CERT) moved into position.

Members for the police CERT team move in on a hotel room at the Howard Johnson Aug. 12, 2015. It was  thought to have one or two suspects hold up with some weapons. But the room turned out to be empty. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
Members for the police CERT team move in on a hotel room at the Howard Johnson Aug. 12, 2015. It was thought to have one or two suspects hold up with some weapons. But the room turned out to be empty. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

As the situation became more tense as the night wore on, Brookdale Avenue was closed to traffic around 10 p.m.

Shortly after Brookdale was shut down, members of CERT could be heard on a bullhorn shouting “Unit 112, this is the Cornwall Police Emergency Response Team. Answer the phone…answer the phone in the black box.” The request went out about six times on three separate occasions.

The sound of smashing glass and then a pop of a flash-bang distraction device could be also heard from the hotel.

Shattered glass and ripped draperies is what's left of a hotel unit on Brookdale Avenue after a seven hour standoff with Cornwall police. Officers didn't end up getting the suspects they were hoping to apprehend. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
Shattered glass and ripped draperies is what’s left of a hotel unit on Brookdale Avenue after a seven hour standoff with Cornwall police. Officers didn’t end up getting the suspects they were hoping to apprehend. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Just after 12:30 p.m., police suddenly opened the road and tactical officers started packing up their gear.

The hotel unit appeared to be heavily damaged in the seven hour ordeal. Cornwall firefighters were brought in with a fan to air out the room.

Cornwall police Const. Dan Cloutier said no one was found and the investigation is ongoing.

Video: Members of the Cornwall Community Police Service Emergency Response Team set off a flash-bang distraction device and move in on a hotel room Aug. 12, 2015 during a seven hour standoff. Officers ended up finding the room empty. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

 

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