DA names apparent ringleader of group arrested with guns, ammo near Coors Field – The Denver Post

A prosecutor with the Denver District Attorney’s Office on Monday identified 44-year-old Ricardo Rodriguez as the apparent ringleader of the group arrested Friday at The Maven Hotel in Denver with more than a dozen guns, ammunition and a significant amount of narcotics.

The hotel is located just a block from Coors Field, where thousands of fans are gathering for MLB All-Star Game festivities. The FBI in Denver said Sunday there was no indication the four people arrested posed a threat to the game, but Denver police have refused to rule out the possibility that the group was plotting a mass shooting.

Ricardo Rodriguez, Gabriel Rodriguez, 48, and Kanoelehua Serikawa, 43, appeared in Denver County Court on Monday and were each given cash-only bonds by Judge Tanja Wheeler, who said she believed the suspects present a danger to the community. Also arrested in the incident was Richard Platt, 42; he appeared in court Sunday.

Police arrested Ricardo Rodriguez, Gabriel Rodriguez and Platt on investigation of possession of a weapon by a previous offender, while Gabriel Rodriguez and Platt also face counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Serikawa was arrested on suspciion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, but no gun charges.

Serikawa, Platt and Gabriel Rodriguez were each given $50,000 cash bonds, while Ricardo Rodriguez was given a $75,000 cash bond. All of the suspects are prohibited from going within a mile of The Maven Hotel if they are released on bond.

“The specific allegations… are highly, highly concerning to this court,” Wheeler said. “The presence of a high, high number of weapons and ammunition and in a heavily populated part of the city, in particular.”

The judge also noted the lengthy criminal histories for Gabriel Rodriguez and Ricardo Rodriguez as she determined bond, both in Colorado and elsewhere. Ricardo Rodriguez’s attorney, Liz Krupa, said he is “gainfully employed,” and has family in Colorado. She said he is planning to move to Colorado.

Ricardo Rodriguez, who is not related to Gabriel Rodriguez, claimed during his court appearance that he formerly worked for the federal government, although it was not immediately clear in what capacity. He appeared to react with disbelief when prosecutor Michelle Williams described him as the apparent “leader of this entire incident” and “a serious danger to the community.”

Serikawa’s attorney, Trent Mannina, emphasized her very limited and minor criminal history in Colorado, where he said she has lived for 17 years, and said she was “peripheral” in the case against the men who were arrested.

“There’s nothing to tie her to those guns except that she was present in the room,” he said.

A separate, pending criminal case against Platt in Douglas County alleges that he and Serikawa stayed together at a hotel in Lone Tree in June 2020 even though Platt was subject to a protection order that required him to avoid any contact with Serikawa.

In that case, an officer saw Platt sitting in a truck with a syringe in his hand, prompting the officer to search the truck and discover what appeared to be heroin and methamphetamine, two digital scales, two bags of syringes and a 9 mm gun with hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

During that encounter, Serikawa came out of the hotel and walked up to officers, and Platt admitted she’d stayed with him that night, an arrest affidavit says. He said they’d argued, and he’d taken the 9 mm gun from Serikawa because he was concerned she would hurt herself, according to an affidavit in the case.

Platt was arrested and charged with drug and gun charges, as well as violating a protective order. As a convicted felon, Platt is not allowed to legally possess a gun.

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