A mass shooting may have been prevented when an employee at a Marriott hotel in Long Beach, California, reported that a disgruntled co-worker had threatened to kill workers and customers at the hotel, police said Wednesday.
The man, who had several high-powered weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at his Los Angeles-area home, was arrested Tuesday, police said.
Montoya, who was arrested at his home in nearby Huntington Beach, communicated the threat to someone he worked with at a Marriott hotel Monday evening, Long Beach police Chief Robert G. Luna said. The chief hailed the worker who helped get police involved, saying the warning likely saved lives.
Luna said Montoya did not have a criminal history that would have prevented him from legally owning the guns.
Montoya was booked on manufacturing and distributing assault weapons, possession of an assault weapon and making a criminal threat. His bail has been set at $500,000.
“In recent months, we have seen several tragic incidents that have resulted in many lives lost,” Luna said in a release. “The witnesses who came forward and the diligence of our employees involved in this investigation very likely prevented a threat of violence and saved many lives.”
Montoya’s arrest comes amid renewed cries for legislation to change the country’s gun laws in the wake of mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio.