DuBOIS — A 42-year-old Butler man has been charged by Sandy Township police with having prohibited offensive weapons in a local hotel.
On Sept. 18, police charged Robert E. Miller Jr. of Butler with misdemeanor counts of making repairs/selling/offensive weapons, intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed at District Judge Patrick Ford’s office in DuBois, the charges stem from an incident which occurred at 12:47 p.m. Nov. 21, 2017, at the Homewood Inn and Suites, 15 Industrial Dr., when police responded to a report of an unconscious male guest in a room. Employees reported the man failed to check out at noon and they had several alarm activations in the room for the presence of smoke. Employees entered the room and found guns, drugs and paraphernalia present. They were also unable to wake the man.
When officers and EMS entered the room, they found the man lying face down on the bed, the affidavit said. A rifle was seen on the bed next to the man, as well as what appeared to be a handgun extending out from the mattress and box springs. A friction lock expandable metal baton was also on the bed, as well as what appeared to be a switch blade knife on a nightstand near the bed and two knives stuck in the wall behind the bed, according to reports.
The reported firearms were secured and contact was made with the man, later identified as Miller. The defendant appeared groggy. He was handcuffed for the safety of all persons as unknown additional weapons could be present, according to the affidavit. EMS began to evaluate the defendant, who was found to have a cut which had been bleeding. The defendant agreed to go to the hospital for further evaluation.
Found in the bathroom and seized as prohibited offensive weapons were: Six 4-inch dagger-type knives; six 3-inch dagger-type knives; two 4-inch throwing stars; 12-inch black numchuks; and an expandable friction lock baton.
Seized as suspected illegal narcotics was a small clear plastic ziplock baggy containing crystalized substance suspected as methamphetamine.
Items commonly used for smoking, inhaling or otherwise ingesting narcotics and seized as drug paraphernalia were: Medium-sized glass smoking pipe with burnt residue; three small glass smoking pipe with burnt residue; small glass bong for smoking; large smoking pipe approximately 10 inches multi-color with burnt residue; and a small plastic cylinder containing five used stamp bags with residue.
The following were seized for safekeeping only: Air soft pistol; Colt .45 long rifle; and Coleman propane tank.
All items were packaged and transported to the police station, the affidavit said. The methamphetamine was weighed and found to be approximately 2.6 grams. Presumptive field testing was conducted showing positive result for methamphetamine. The suspected methamphetamine was sent via certified mail to the state police crime lab for analysis. The report received by the police dated July 3 indicated the substance to be methamphetamine (schedule II).
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 19 at Ford’s office.