A Garden City man was arrested Wednesday on allegations of auto theft and interfering with law enforcement after barricading himself in a hotel room.
Austin Wyatt Roth, 23, 911 N. Fifth St., was arrested at 3 a.m. Wednesday at the Dusty Trail Hotel in Taylor Plaza. Garden City police say they learned of Roth’s location after they stopped a reported stolen vehicle in the 2000 block of North Main Street. Police say the vehicle had been stolen by Roth in the 600 block of North Eighth Street on Tuesday before the drivers obtained it.
Police already had been attempting to locate Roth in relation to another criminal investigation for burglary, forgeries and thefts, but were unable to find him at his residence, where he lived with a parent.
Officers eventually located Roth in Room 216 of the Dusty Trail Hotel. After another occupant left the room, Roth refused to exit and surrender to police. He instead barricaded himself in the room as officers attempted to negotiate with him.
Police learned that Roth was possibly in possession of a handgun, knives and pepper spray. The Garden City and Finney County SWAT team responded to assist.
During negotiations, Roth continued to fortify his position and attempted to cut through walls and the ceiling in an attempt to escape. Police say he also called 911 to report shots fired in the area of Fourth and Mary streets in an attempt to get police to leave the hotel and respond to the incident.
After about two and a half hours, negotiators convinced Roth to surrender and he was arrested without a struggle.
Damage to the hotel room was estimated at $1,000.
Roth was arrested on allegations of theft, interference with a law enforcement officer, falsely reporting a crime, criminal damage and possession of drug paraphernalia.