Man Allegedly Breaks Into Woman’s Hotel Room, Starts Fire in Stairwell


A man has been arrested after being accused of several crimes at hotels in downtown Nashville, according to WSMV.

On August 8, police responded to The Grand Hyatt Hotel after receiving reports of theft and trespassing where they found 62-year-old Timothy McNichols being detained by hotel security.

McNichols was seen on surveillance stealing a hotel employee’s scooter from the garage and returning back to the hotel without it. Police say McNichols was also the suspect of vandalism who started fires earlier in the day at the Holiday Inn Express across the street.

Crime reports say McNichols started a small fire in a stairwell at the Holiday Inn Express, pulled three fire alarms on several floors, broke a tamper switch on the wall and caused burn marks on the property totaling $1,000 in damages.

The hotel was forced to shut down its elevator and call emergency maintenance to fix the issues McNichols caused, WSMV reports.

While he was being detained, a guest at the Holiday Inn claimed McNichols broke into her hotel room, ate her food, took a shower, and damaged some of her property. Police say the man gained entry to the room using a janitor’s key from the hotel.

McNichols is facing several charges including arson (reckless burning), aggravated burglary, vandalism, disorderly conduct and trespassing.

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