Jail, fine for Iowa man who threatened Kearney Hotel staff | Local News

KEARNEY — An Iowa man served 30 days in jail and paid a fine after being found guilty of threatening staff over his hotel reservation in Kearney in March.

Paul M. Hayden III, 30, of Council Bluffs was also placed on one-year probation for misdemeanor third-degree assault in the March 20 incident. Buffalo County District Judge John Marsh awarded Hayden two days credit for time already served.

Hayden was originally charged with making criminal terrorist threats after accosting staff at the Ramada Inn, 301 Second Ave. He entered the hotel and threatened to shoot after his reservation was cancelled.

Court records show around 6:26 p.m. on March 20 that a woman and Hayden arrived at the hotel to check into a room they had previously reserved online. The wife was upset because the reservation was not what she wanted and pets were not allowed in the poolside rooms. Records indicate that the hotel was unable to give her another room as they were booked that night, and the woman became aggressive towards staff members.

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The hotel manager then canceled the room and the woman left. Shortly after, Hayden walked into the hotel, was verbally aggressive towards staff members, and said, “It would be really funny if the place got shot,” the records say.

After Hayden left, hotel staff called the Kearney Police Department. When the police arrived, they were given a license plate number for the woman’s and the man’s vehicle. Police searched the area and found the vehicle at a nearby hotel.

Officers contacted Hayden and arrested him without incident.

Peter M. Doran