PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Prosecutors in western Pennsylvania have dropped charges against a homeless man found squatting inside the presidential suite of a Pittsburgh hotel last fall.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Allegheny County prosecutors on Monday withdrew criminal trespass and theft of services charges against 48-year-old Jeffrey Watson.
Watson was arrested last November after guests checking into the $2,500-a-night suite at the Omni William Penn Hotel saw him sleeping on a couch and notified hotel staff.
According to the hotel’s website, the presidential suite has a 1,300-square-foot parlor, three connecting bedrooms, crystal chandeliers and a grand piano, in addition to other features.
Police said Watson told them that he had been in the city for more than a month and slept wherever he could find “somewhere comfortable.”
Hotel staff said after the incident that he got in because the door was programmed to remain unlocked for an event that had been held earlier in the day.
Mike Manko, spokesman for the Allegheny County district attorney’s office, said he did not know why the charges had been withdrawn.
Hotel officials did not return a call seeking comment.
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