BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown man was arrested Saturday after becoming angry when told he couldn’t rent a motel room for only an hour, police said.
According to a police report, 34-year-old Andrew Ryan shattered the window of the motel after an argument with an employee.
However, Ryan spoke with WKBN Wednesday night, saying he did not start the altercation, but instead he was provoked by the employee.
According to the report, he went to the Town & Country Motel on Market Street on Friday and requested to rent a room for an hour, police said. When told rooms were only rented by night, he threatened to kill a motel worker and punched the front lobby window, shattering it, according to police. He then drove off with a woman.
Ryan tells WKBN that after he was denied the hourly rate at Town & Country Motel, he told them he would pay for a full night at a more luxurious establishment. The Town employee then began yelling profanities and “was very vulgar towards me in a threatening manner.”
“If the video at the Town & Country has audio coupled with its video playback, that will become evident,” Ryan said.
Police tracked down Ryan on Saturday at the Wagon Wheel Motel on Market Street.
According to the report, when they knocked on the door of his room, a woman answered and said Ryan left through the bathroom window.
Police and their K-9 eventually found Ryan near Sheldon Avenue between two homes and arrested him. He was charged with aggravated menacing, criminal damaging, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.
The woman he was with told police that she picked Ryan up at his Youngstown home and only knew his first name.
Ryan appeared in court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty. His pretrial is set for April 4.