Police: Man found in abandoned hotel
An Altoona man faces felony and misdemeanor charges after police said he was caught inside an abandoned motel.
Brandon L. Maybush, 27, of 2713 Fairway Drive was arrested about 9 a.m. Thursday after Altoona police responded to the former Quality Inn, 2915 Pleasant Valley Blvd., for a report of a trespasser, according to court records.
Maybush was allegedly found by police in the office area of the motel, which was condemned in 2011 after owner Mantif Altoona Hospitality of Wayne, N.J., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Police said Maybush had a headlamp, a flashlight, a backpack and 28 of the abandoned motel’s room access cards.
According to police, Maybush told them he woke up early and decided to take a walk to buy cigarettes. Maybush said he realized he didn’t have any money and was returning to his Fairway Drive home when he noticed the front door of the motel was open, police said.
Police said Maybush told officers he walked up to the door, yelled out and entered the building after getting no response.
Police said Maybush claimed he only entered the motel to “look around” and that he took the room cards because they had pictures of pizza on them.
Maybush told police he thought they were coupons he could use to get pizza, police said.
As for why he had a flashlight, police said Maybush told police it was so he could see in the dark inside.
Maybush was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Todd Kelly on a felony criminal trespass count, as well as misdemeanor charges of possessing an instrument of crime, receiving stolen property and theft.
Maybush was released on an unsecured $20,000 bond and is due to appear at Central Court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on the charges.