Police investigate two disturbances at downtown hotel
In separate incidents, two men damaged property at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Anchorage early Sunday morning.
The first incident was reported just after 3 a.m., according to a statement from police. On the 11th floor, they found 27-year-old Mark Lembke, who “appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs,” police said.
Lembke had broken into a storage room and stolen several dishes and glasses, which he then began to break in the hallway, according to police spokeswoman Renee Oistad. He also opened two breaker panels and shut off power to part of the hotel.
Police arrested Lembke and charged him with third-degree criminal mischief. He was taken to the Anchorage Correctional Complex and held under a $1,000 cash corporate bond.
Police were also asked to investigate a disturbance on the 20th floor. A man there was taken into custody for breaking a door handle and transported to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted for psychiatric treatment.
“Due to the man’s behavior, it was clear he was suffering from a mental condition,” police said, a fact later confirmed by the man’s mother, who was also staying at the hotel.
The hotel declined to press charges against the second man.
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