Police nab alleged knife-wielding burglar after hotel incident

Guest reports man stole two backpacks from room

Posted: Monday, December 16, 2002

Police caught a man accused of entering a downtown hotel room brandishing a knife and threatening a hotel guest Sunday.

Ordie Coney, 56, was arrested Sunday morning and faces felony charges of first-degree burglary and third-degree assault.

Coney was arrested after a man, 50, a Juneau resident and guest at the Driftwood Lodge, reported around 8:40 a.m. Sunday that a man came into his room with a knife and stole his belongings, police said in a press release.

The man struggled with the alleged burglar, to get the knife away from him, but neither was injured, Lt. Walt Boman said today. Police did not release the guest's name.

Boman said the man's door was closed, but a woman who was in the room at the time, whose name was not released, may have let the alleged burglar into the room.

Boman alleged Coney pulled a knife on the man and a fight ensued. When the man had a chance, he escaped from the room and phoned police from the lobby of the hotel saying "a crazy guy" had attacked him in his room, police said.

When police checked the room, no one was there and two of the man's backpacks were missing, the release said. Police said the man's property was not recovered.

Less than an hour after the incident, police found Coney near Marine Way and arrested him. Boman said Coney denied involvement in the burglary.

The alleged victim positively identified Coney as the man who came into his room, police said.

Coney was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center without bail and is expected to be arraigned today. If convicted, Coney faces 15 years in prison.

Driftwood President Fredrick Kasnick said his staff typically patrols the hotel grounds every hour or so during the night, but that "sometimes these things happen and are unavoidable." He said the hotel does not plan to increase security in the area, but encourages guests to keep their doors closed and locked.

• Melanie Plenda can be reached mplenda@juneauempire.com

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