Surveillance video shows a man allegedly driving his pickup truck into the lobby of an Oklahoma hotel. (Dec. 14)
A Texas man was being held in jail Monday after police in Oklahoma said he drove his pickup truck through the lobby of a hotel late last week, narrowly missing two women who dove for cover behind the front desk.
Dramatic security camera video of the Dec. 10 incident showed the man, identified as John Edward Parsley, 62, of Gonzalez, Texas, talking to a police officer outside the Alva Comfort Inn and Suites, about 150 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. He then climbed into his GMC pickup and barreled through the front entrance, crushing part of the front desk. Two unidentified women standing behind the desk narrowly escaped at the last second.
After emerging from the truck, Parsley calmly walked to the entrance with his hands raised and was arrested.
The video was provided by the hotel’s manager to NBC News. Parsley was held on $1 million bond Monday night in Woods County Jail on two felony counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of malicious injury to property valued at more than $1,000, according to court records.
The incident was evidently the result of a billing dispute, The Enid News & Eagle reported. An incident report filed by police said Parsley was upset because his credit card had been declined twice and he’d been forced to pay cash for two nights at the hotel. He was seeking a refund, police said.
Manager Kingston Christian told investigators that Parsley “stated it wasn’t his first bad experience with a hotel manager who was also Indian,” according to the report.
Police said Parsley told the staff that he was going to “run his truck over them and the property.” Parsley told police he crashed the truck because hotel employees “thought he was bluffing, and he proved he wasn’t.”
Christian said the hotel, which he opened in 2013, was temporarily closed while staff repaired the lobby. He estimated the damage at more than $100,000.
“We are No. 1 on TripAdvisor, and we don’t have angry guests,” Christian told the newspaper. “We make sure our guests are happy, but, this person, he was difficult to talk to and wouldn’t listen. He purposely drove through to kill front desk staff.”
The Woods County Sheriff’s Office said Parsley was in town to conduct work for SandRidge Energy. A company representative said Parsley was not longer affiliated with SandRidge.
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