Did Angry Colts Fan Vandalize Hilton Hotel?
The vandalism at the year-old, combo Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites property occurred in the early morning on Oct. 4. Hours before the incident, the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Colts 31-28.
The flooding was caused by someone opening and removing levers on valves on the type of large pipes installed in stairwells for use by firefighters, Homewood Suites spokesman Brad Carmony tells AOL Travel News.
The pipes were in a 5th floor stairwell at the hotel and the flooding was so intense water flowed all the way to the property's lobby.
The resulting damage was "very extensive," Carmony says. He adds Hilton is estimating the property will not be able to reopen until mid-December, due in part to wall vinyl and carpeting being on back-order.
So who caused the damage? Local TV station News 4 reports hotel workers noticed a "severely intoxicated and angry" Colts fan hanging around the lobby around 3 a.m. After the flooding began, other Colts fans went to the front desk searching for a missing "drunk" friend.
Police found and questioned 29-year-old Ian Taylor of Clearwater, Fla., but he was not charged in the incident, the station reports. The investigation is continuing.
The downtown hotel is popular with football fans as it is witthin walking distance (or a quick water taxi ride) to EverBank Field, the Jaguars' stadium.
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