Man found in hotel room by new guests accused of burglary at same hotel the day before

2011-11-29T23:00:00Z Man found in hotel room by new guests accused of burglary at same hotel the day beforeBy JENNY MICHAEL | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

A Bismarck man has been charged with burglary for breaking into a Center family's hotel room after being found in another hotel room for which he had not paid.

Elton Hotain, 19, was charged Tuesday with Class B felony burglary.

South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty set bond for Hotain at $3,000 cash. He must have written permission to stay at a local address before being released from jail.

Lt. Mike Wardzinski said new guests went to a room at the Ramkota, 800 S. Third St., at 2:15 p.m. Monday, and the chain lock on the door was latched when they tried to enter. Hotel staff found Hotain inside the room. Hotain indicated the room had been open and unoccupied, so he went in and went to sleep, Wardzinski said.

He said Hotain had stolen property in his possession.

Detective Scott Betz said in an affidavit that the stolen property in the room consisted of the wallet of a Center man whose hotel room was entered on Sunday morning.

In that incident, a 40-year-old man, his 39-year-old wife and their 13-year-old son were sleeping in a room at the Ramkota shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday, when the two adults awoke to someone standing in the room's pool-side entrance going through their property. The Center man's wallet, containing items such as a driver's license and debit and credit cards, was stolen, along with a money clip containing $100.

The family said the door was locked when they went to bed.

Hotain admitted to entering the Center family's hotel room in an interview with police, Betz's affidavit said.

"Hotain stated that he noticed the wallet, and that was why he entered the room," Betz wrote.

Reach reporter Jenny Michael at 250-8225 or jenny.michael@bismarcktribune.com.

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(10) Comments

  1. BoMMeR
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    BoMMeR - December 02, 2011 6:24 am
    but did he still get the free hbo? thats what i'd like to know
  2. whatsnottaken
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    whatsnottaken - November 30, 2011 1:14 pm
    40 bucks says it was soulless.
  3. aceinthehole
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    aceinthehole - November 30, 2011 12:10 pm
    20 bucks says he knows somebody that works at the Ramkota...
  4. soulless
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    soulless - November 30, 2011 7:51 am
    I have been in hospitality for a couple years, and this stuff happens all the time in most hotels. I am surprised the tribune picked up on this.
  5. Report Abuse
    - November 29, 2011 9:01 pm
    Dull news day.
  6. whatsnottaken
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    whatsnottaken - November 29, 2011 4:24 pm
    What's Going on at the Ramkota? First the intruder, now this. Better clean it up before word spreads.
  7. Noisewater
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    Noisewater - November 29, 2011 4:05 pm
    Marvin51 said: "Hotels are so competitive. First it's a mint on the pillow, then it's turn down service. Now, you get a guy already sleeping.This goes way past breakfast..."


    Two thumbs up!!
  8. JanuaryJones
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    JanuaryJones - November 29, 2011 3:30 pm
    I've been hearing for years now that the Ramkota has become run down. Too bad cause it used to be so nice.
  9. Imalive
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    Imalive - November 29, 2011 3:13 pm
    LOL, Marvin 51...LOL.
  10. Marvin51
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    Marvin51 - November 29, 2011 1:55 pm
    Hotels are so competitive. First it's a mint on the pillow, then it's turn down service. Now, you get a guy already sleeping.

    This goes way past breakfast...
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