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Lawyer: Iowa man in Chicago to propose, not criminal conduct

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) — A lawyer for an Iowa man arrested in Chicago on July 4th for having guns and ammunition in his hotel room says his client was in the city to propose to his girlfriend, not to launch a mass attack. 

Jonathan Brayman said Wednesday the baseless accusation against Keegan Casteel by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and police Superintendent David Brown spurred sensational media coverage despite the lack of evidence Casteel had ill intent. 

Authorities say a member of the cleaning staff at the W Hotel told police they observed weapons and ammunition in the room held by the 32-year-old Casteel. The room’s 12th floor window had a view of a beach and Navy Pier, a major tourist attraction.

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