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Police got a frantic phone call about a man pledging his allegiance to ISIS, but it turned out to be a misunderstanding. It happened Wednesday evening at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Colorado Avenue in Avon. A desk clerk called her sister to say there was man in the lobby in what she called “in full head dress with multiple disposable phones pledging his allegiance to ISIS.” The clerk’s father also called police. “She’s in the back. I have the text. She says she’s terrified,” the clerk’s dad told dispatchers.
Officers rushed to the hotel and found the man speaking Arabic just outside the front door. He was wearing a long white rob and holding a cell phone. Police had guns drawn as they demanded he put down the phone, according to the department. Initially, he didn’t comply, but eventually dropped it. He got down on the ground, where he was placed in handcuffs. No weapon was found. Avon police said the man did not make any statements related to ISIS. Officers decided there was a miscommunication between the hotel clerk and her relatives.
The man was taken out of handcuffs and officers tried to explained what happened. He ended up collapsing, but paramedics were already there and treated him for a panic attack. He was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. The Avon Police Department is still investigating what happened in the hotel. Once that’s complete, they’ll send the findings to the prosecutor’s office.
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