Some guests at King's Pointe resort were evacuated from their rooms late Sunday night after police discovered a large amount of bleach had been disbursed in a third floor room in an apparent attempt to mask odors coming from that location.
Police were called to the scene on a report of suspicious activity shortly after 11 p.m. Officers were told that a number of people had been frequenting guest room #332 for several days and a strong chemical odor was coming from that guest room.
Police found a male subject in the hotel hallway associated with guest room #332, Skyler Taylor, age 20 of Storm Lake. Police allege that Taylor was under the influence of an unknown drug and was in possession of a set of "brass knuckles." Taylor was taken into custody and transported to the police station for questioning.
Officers entered the room where the strong odor was coming from and found no one inside. Storm Lake Fire Department and the Storm Lake Public Safety Lab Response Team responded to the hotel and within a short period of time fire fighters, police officers and hotel management evacuated nine guest rooms on the third floor of the hotel as a precaution until the chemical odor could be cleared from guest room #332. Evacuated guests were provided guest rooms on lower floors in the hotel.
Police, based on information collected, suspected that the occupants of guest room #332 had been smoking and possibly manufacturing methamphetamine inside of the guest room for several days. The Lab Response Team found no existing evidence of a clandestine lab in the room, but located a large amount of liquid and powder bleach which had been dispersed throughout the guest room. Several containers in the room were seized by the lab team technicians. Extensive clean up to the guest room will be required.
Fire fighters ventilated the room and the third floor of the hotel. All other areas of the hotel were also checked for any signs of a chemical odor and none were located.
Public safety personnel cleared from the scene at approximately 1:45 a.m.
Storm Lake Police charged Taylor with Carrying a Weapon, Public Intoxication and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, a felony. He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $7,300 cash bond.
The investigation is ongoing.