Person wakes to intruder in Park City hotel room
January 8, 2016
The Park City Police Department received a report involving a suspected intruder in an Old Town hotel room and another one at a Park Meadows residence around New Year’s, unusual cases that investigators say are apparently not connected.
The case in the hotel room is especially noteworthy. The Police Department said the person might have gotten into the room after climbing up the exterior of the building. The hotel is along Main Street.
Rick Ryan, a police captain, said the case was reported to the Police Department at 1:23 p.m. on Jan. 1, hours after the person was seen in the hotel room. Ryan said the police were told a person staying in the hotel woke up at 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 31 and found someone in the room. The intruder immediately left out the door, Ryan said. The person staying in the room was unable to provide a physical description.
"They woke up. The intruder left," Ryan said, indicating no words were spoken.
Ryan said hotel staffers suspect the intruder climbed up a drain pipe on the outside of the building before entering the room.
"Why they believe the intruder went up the drain pipe I don’t know," Ryan said.
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Ryan, a member of the Police Department since the 1980s, said he could not recall a similar case in Park City. He said a police officer responded to the hotel, checked the area and made recommendations for additional security measures. Ryan said the investigation is continuing, but the Police Department has "very few" leads.
A representative of the hotel did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
The other case was logged at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 31 at a residence in Park Meadows, seven hours after the intruder was reportedly seen. Ryan said young people from the same family were up late at a hot tub get-together before going to bed at 2:30 a.m.
One of the people in the residence later woke up to find an adult or teenage man standing in the room, Ryan said. The person asked who was there, but the suspected intruder did not respond and left the room, he said.
A girl who was in the home told the police at about the same time she woke up with someone standing at the foot of the bed, according to Ryan.
"She says ‘What are you doing in here,’" Ryan said, adding the person left the bedroom, entered a bathroom and then went into another bedroom.
The girl described the man as being 5 feet, 8 inches tall and wearing a long coat.
The Police Department was called to the residence, but the person was gone by the time an officer arrived. Ryan said the police found footprints in the snow, but there were too many in the vicinity of the hot tub to determine which footprints were those of the intruder. He said the police did not find footprints leaving the property.
Ryan said the doors of the residence were not locked at the time, but they were not found to be ajar. He said the intruder did not take a pair of skis that were left unsecured outside and did not take cash that was left in a visible location inside. Ryan said the Police Department is investigating the case as a suspected burglary. There are few leads, he said.
Anybody with information about the cases may contact the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department’s tip line, 615-5847. Ryan recommended people lock the doors to their residences. He said someone should contact the Police Department immediately if they suspect an intruder is in a residence.