FBI: People Arrested on Weapons Charges Weren't Threat to 2021 MLB All-Star Game

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 11, 2021

DENVER, CO - JULY 07: The MLB All-Star Logo adorns the facade at Coors Field on July 7, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matt Dirksen/Colorado Rockies/Getty Images)
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The FBI downplayed the potential threat posed by the four people arrested on drug and illegal weapons charges in Denver.

According to Denver7, 16 long guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition were seized from a hotel located close to Coors Field, site of the 2021 MLB All-Star Game. The FBI said it doesn't believe at this time that an attack was planned.

"We have no reason to believe this incident was connected to terrorism or a threat directed at the All-Star Game," an FBI statement read. "We are not aware of any threat to the All-Star Game events, venues, players, or the community at this time."

A housekeeper at the Maven Hotel entered the room and discovered the illegal firearms before alerting authorities.

After police executed a search warrant on the room, Richard Platt, Gabriel Rodriguez, Ricardo Rodriguez and Kanoelehua Serikawa were apprehended.

Denver7 reported law enforcement officials were initially concerned that the amount of guns and ammunition found could be used in a shooting similar to the one in Las Vegas in 2017. Stephen Craig Paddock shot and killed 59 people and injured more than 500 others while firing into a crowd from his hotel room at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

According to the report, one of the suspects in custody had written on Facebook he planned to "go out in a big way."

The All-Star Game is scheduled for Tuesday, and MLB is staging a number of events in and around Coors Field in conjunction with the Midsummer Classic.