Man Arrested for Having Rifle in Hotel Room Proposes to Girlfriend

By Hannah Claire Brimelow

The Iowa man who was arrested for having a rifle in his Chicago hotel room proposed to his girlfriend upon his release. 

Keegan Casteel was arrested over Independence Day weekend after a hotel staff member reported he has a rifle in his 12th story hotel room. The room at the W Hotel had “a view of Ohio Street Beach and Navy Pier, a major tourist attraction,” according to AP News. 

Casteel was charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was interviewed by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and held in custody in lieu of a $10,000 bond. 

The auto-mechanic from Ankeny, Iowa does not have a criminal record. Chicago police said he does not have a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card which is a legal requirement for the possession or purchase of firearm or ammunition in Illinois.  

According to CBS Chicago, “around 5:45 p.m. Sunday, an employee at the W Chicago Lakeshore hotel, at 644 N. Lake Shore Dr., found a .308-caliber rifle with a high-powered scope and laser sight attachment inside Casteel’s room on the 12th floor of the hotel. The worker also found a handgun and several magazines of ammunition.” 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot praised the cleaning staff member who reported Casteel.  

I want to thank the hotel worker who spotted this individual from Iowa who decided it was a good idea to come to our city with an arsenal, an AR-15, and five loaded magazines which he had perched up on the windowsill. Thank God for that hotel worker, who saw something, and said something, and I believe averted disaster,” she said. 

During the weekend of Casteel’s arrest, “more than 100 people were shot and 19 killed over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago” reports Fox News. 

Upon his release from the 18th District police headquarters in Chicago on July 7, Casteel was filmed proposing to his girlfriend, who was waiting for him. 

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22 responses to “Man Arrested for Having Rifle in Hotel Room Proposes to Girlfriend”

  1. indycarpenter says:

    .22 to 12 ga and everything in between If you don’t have a clue educate yourself.

  2. DocwoodMD says:

    How dare this law abiding citizen come to chicago with a firearm.. Only criminals are allowed to do that

  3. Bigly12025 says:

    AR-15’s aren’t chambered in .308. Lacking Intelligence lightfoot doesn’t know what it’s talking about.

  4. Bigly12025 says:

    They seem to think that their personal speculation serves as evidence.

  5. TCappo3 says:

    How do we make that happen?

  6. sloanmatthews says:

    I don’t understand. So are they saying that this guy was going to commit a mass shooting? What evidence do they have for that?

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  9. preyingmathis says:

    He didn’t break any laws and should win in court. You can travel through Illinois as an out of state resident with your firearms. There are certain things you must do to travel with them in your car while traveling but once he is stopped and has a hotel room he can have them in his room. He has the 2nd amendment on his side and can most definitely win in court with a good attorney and also sue the hotel, and the police.

  10. ocnier says:

    This guy is an idiot for setting foot in Commie-nois. Sorry just like MA there isn’t a chance in hell I will ever set foot in that commie pinko area just like NJ or NY.

  11. Lootcrew says:

    All the Murders and they are surprised he wants to visit armed. Fucking ridiculous. Chicago is completely trash.

  12. PseudoSwede says:

    How exactly does one firearm with any amount of ammunition and magazines comprise an “arsenal?”

  13. CalDelt says:

    What did the girlfriend say????

  14. doublebarrelshotgun says:

    But but but…Biden said all you need is me.

  15. Goatfoot21 says:

    I guess in a city where 88 shootings happened last weekend isn’t a cause for someone to bring a gun to your city. Clean up the streets!

  16. UppityG says:

    Lightfoot has been so concentrated on herself her whole life, a subject she never tires of, that she really thinks people who use their COTUS protected God-given rights are criminals just for breathing. Chicago and her deserve each other.

    The guy made several rookie mistakes, which is smack worthy, but maybe he’ll get cut loose with just a fine or the like.

  17. cutter says:

    I can hardly blame the guy for feeling the need to arm himself while visiting Chicago. Obviously, the charge is total BS. Still, dude is an idiot for leaving his guns out in plain sight in his hotel room. He should have at least put up the “Do Not Disturb” sign. Duh. Can’t fix stupid. The good news is that Kim Foxx isn’t actually prosecuting gun cases anymore, so he’ll probably walk.

  18. Devilsgun says:

    Infringement, pure and simple.

    Fuck Chicago, fuck Lightfoot and fuck the nosy rat housekeeper

  19. Martin9 says:

    Was he supposed to leave it in his vehicle? wth

  20. DavidFlora says:

    What a fucking clown show Chicago is…

  21. matguerra says:

    speaking of which, can we put Lightfoot in fucking prison already? Politicians/Governors to Gitmo ASAP

  22. matguerra says:

    Jail will do that