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Iowa man with guns at Chicago hotel ‘didn’t mean to startle’

In this screen grab from ABC7, Keegan Casteel proposes to his girlfriend right after being released from the 18th District police headquarters in Chicago July 7, 2021. Keegan, of Ankeny, Iowa, was in custody in Chicago after police found a rifle with a laser sight in a hotel room that overlooks a Lake Michigan beach during the July Fourth weekend. She appeared to accept. (ABC7 via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — An Iowa man arrested by Chicago police for having guns and ammunition in his hotel room overlooking a Lake Michigan beach told responding officers he “didn’t mean to startle anyone” and simply forgot to remove the firearms from a bag while packing for a trip to the city. 

Police video released Thursday shows 32-year-old Keegan Casteel telling officers he forgot to remove all the firearms from his gun range bag because he packed in a rush before he left for Chicago. 

Casteel’s attorney says he was in Chicago during the July Fourth holiday weekend to propose to his girlfriend. The Ankeny, Iowa, man proposed after he was released.


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