OPD probes hotel, drugs/gun found on premise

ORANGE-The Marriott Hotel on Marsh Hill Road more resembled a track meet Monday morning as suspects were running in and out of rooms and the hotel resulting in the discovery of gun and crack cocaine, police said.

Police officers were sent to the hotel at 136 Marsh Hill Road on a report of a suspicious male, Michael Demchak, 34, of Short Beach Road, who an employee said entered through a back door that should have been locked, said Assistant Police Chief Edward Koether.

An employee asked what Demchak was doing and he then fled from the hotel, police said.

Upon investigating officers learned Demchak had reportedly visited someone in the hotel. Officers tried to contact the guests he visited and heard a commotion inside the room after announcing police presence.

After a brief period the occupants opened the hotel room and Charles Rein, 36, of Danny Way in Wallingford, attempted to flee the room leaving behind two other occupants.

Officers noted .22 caliber bullets on the bathroom floor as well as drug paraphernalia. Police recovered a Jennings.22 caliber handgun, and a small quantity of suspected crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Rein was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession, possession within 1,500 feet of a school, which is Hope Academy School. Rein also was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and was held on $25,000 bond.

Demchak was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and third-degree criminal trespass. Police also arrested Nicole Ryan, 26, of Elm Street in West Haven and Vincent Clark, 25, of Till Street in West Haven.

Ryan and Clark were both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession within 1,500 feet of a school. Clark also was charged with possession of narcotics. Demchak, Clark, and Ryan were all released on a promise to appear in court.

Koether said no one was evacuated from the hotel while police were on scene, and police do not know why there was a handgun in the hotel room.