A homeless man was found in an upscale presidential suite at one of Pittsburgh’s most luxurious hotels.
Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said Wednesday, Jeffrey Lennon Watson, 48, told police he was from Los Angeles and was passing through the city to return to California when he was nabbed by security at the Omni Williams Penn Hotel on Tuesday.”
Richard said, “hotel guests were checking into the suite about 7:30 p.m. when they saw Watson sleeping on a couch and notified hotel staff. Hotel security officers woke him up, took him to their office and called the police.”
The hotel general manager Eric DeStefano issued a short statement explaining what happened. DeStenfano said, “the parlor area of the Presidential suite is a general use area for receptions and small events. The door had been programmed to remain unlocked for an event earlier that day. As soon as the occupant was discovered he was escorted off the property.”
Richard said Watson has been in Pittsburgh over a month and sleeps wherever he can locate somewhere comfortable to rest his head. It doesn’t get to much more comfortable than the location Watson picked. The 16th floor suite features a 1,300 square foot parlor plus three bedrooms, including crystal chandeliers, a dining room, grand piano, a full kitchenette, wet bar and sitting room.
Police took Watson to the Allegheny County Jail and the bond was set at $15,000. He is set for a preliminary hearing on November 19 on charges of criminal trespass and theft of services, according to online court records.
Richard said the police didn’t know how long Watson had been in the suite and don’t know how he got in there.