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Man handcuffed, interrogated after DOD and FBI enter wrong hotel room

April 6, 2023 11:56 AM


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A man was handcuffed and interrogated inside his own hotel room for roughly an hour after law enforcement agents went to the wrong room during a training exercise, Mail Online reported.

FBI and DOD agents knocked on the room occupied by a man - a Delta Air Lines pilot according to WBZ - in the middle of the night and burst in, holding the man in cuffs for 45 minutes before they realized their mistake. 

The mishap occurred just after midnight on Wednesday on the 15th floor of Boston's Revere Hotel.

An FBI official told DailyMail.com their agents were assisting in a DOD mock investigation to 'simulate a situation their personnel might encounter in a deployed environment.' 

EMS was called to the scene to evaluate the man, according to WBZ, and he told the outlet he would be speaking with his employer before publicly commenting. 

Sources told WBZ agents knocked on Room 1505 late Tuesday evening and demanded to be let in. 

The unidentified pilot who was a guest at the hotel was sleeping inside his room when the agents arrived. 

The man - who is said to be in his 30s - woke up and opened the door. 

After he opened the door, the group barged in and began a nightmare interrogation scenario. 

The agents handcuffed him and placed him in the shower. 

The pilot was handcuffed for more than 45 minutes until the agents realized their mistake, took the cuffs off, and apologized to him. 

Hotel security was told about the incident and Boston police was contacted. 

WBZ reports that police officers who responded were wearing body cameras and were told that FBI and DOD agents were conducting a training exercise. 

EMS came to the hotel to evaluate the pilot who refused treatment. 

The Delta employee has not been publicly identified at this time. 

WBZ spoke to the man, however, and he told them he would need to talk with his company before speaking out. 

The FBI released the following statement to DailyMail.com: 

'At approximately 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, the FBI Boston Division was assisting the U.S. Department of Defense in conducting a Department of Defense (DOD) training exercise at a hotel in Boston to simulate a situation their personnel might encounter in a deployed environment.

'Based on inaccurate information, they were mistakenly sent to the wrong room and detained an individual, not the intended role player. 

'Thankfully nobody was injured. The Boston Police Department was called and responded to the scene to confirm that this was indeed a training exercise. 

'Safety is always a priority of the FBI, and our law enforcement partners, and we take these incidents very seriously. The Boston Division is reviewing the incident with DOD for further action as deemed appropriate.'

DailyMail.com reached out to the Boston Police Department and the DOD for comment but did not hear back by the time of publication. 

A request for any potential photos or videos taken during the simulation or the responding police call was also made.



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