HORSHAM, Pa. – There was a shocking discovery Friday inside a Montgomery County hotel.
Police serving a warrant at the Days Inn in Horsham find a possible meth lab.
Police were there looking for 30-year-old Gary Long, who was staying in room 333 at the hotel on the 200 block of Easton Road. When they arrived, they say he jumped out the third-story window and ran off into the woods.
The say he left behind the hazardous materials that could be used to manufacture drugs. He remains on the loose.
Hotel guest Don Kozlowsky described the chaotic scene by saying, “We were trying to pull back into the lot, and they sat us next door and said, ‘Here, go, have a seat and we’ll give you updates.’ Nobody explained to use exactly what happened.”
Guests on all the floors except the third were allowed to return to their rooms Friday evening.
Pennsylvania State Police are handling the investigation.
Update: HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Police are searching for a man who was allegedly operating a makeshift methamphetamine lab in a suburban motel room, forcing the evacuation of some guests.
The Bucks County Courier Times (http://bit.ly/1lHguK3 ) reports that 30-year-old Gary Long on Friday afternoon jumped from a third-floor Days Inn window in Horsham to escape police. That’s about 20 miles north of Philadelphia.
Authorities say they were seeking to serve Long with criminal warrants at about 1 p.m.
About three dozen guests sheltered in a nearby restaurant as a state police drug-lab team checked the hotel. Most were allowed to return to their rooms a little before 5 p.m.
Hotel manager Joanne Zapata says she’s thankful police stepped in to address the situation.
Police and K-9 units were still searching the area around the Days Inn Hotel in Horsham around 4 p.m. today, April 4, after responding to a report of a meth lab allegedly discovered in a room at the hotel. Horsham police had gone to the hotel to serve a warrant on a man, identified by police as Gary Long, who was staying in the room with the suspected meth lab at the hotel and managed to escape, police said.
The meth lab was allegedly discovered at a Days Inn Hotel in Horsham around 2 p.m. April 4, according to a Breaking News Network alert.
Horsham Lt. Jon Clark said at the scene police were at the hotel at 245 Easton Road to serve a Bucks County warrant he believed was for a theft charge on Long. They thought they would just go in, get him and bring him out, Clark said, but when officers went to serve the warrant, Long, who was staying in room 333 since approximately Monday, slid a window open and jumped from a third-floor window onto a mulch pile as a detective entered the room, he said. The man believed to be Long then ran off and was now the subject of a manhunt, he said.
Shane Heser, 27, a resident of Pine Avenue, which is located behind the hotel, said he had gone outside to have a cigarette when he saw a white man with dark hair who looked disheveled run by him into a landscaped buffer area behind the hotel.
After the detective entered the room, he noticed “something unsafe” was in the room and a hazardous materials crew and a state police meth lab team were sent to the hotel and were inside, Clark said.
The hotel was evacuated until the area was deemed safe, with about 25 guests sent to Otto’s Restaurant next door to the hotel to await being allowed back inside the Days Inn. After about two and a half hours, around 4:45 p.m., guests were allowed back inside, except for the third floor, Clark said.
A 25-year-old woman who was staying at the hotel said housekeeping had knocked on the door and told them to evacuate. The woman said they were scared, as they didn’t know what was going on.
Hazardous materials that appeared to have been the type to manufacture and sell the drug were found inside the room, Clark said.
Police believe a woman was possibly with Long, but she was not at the scene when police arrived.
The state police and Montgomery County District Attorney’s office were involved in the investigation and the Montgomery County Mobile Command Center was at the scene, along with police, fire and ambulance personnel from Horsham and Hatboro.
Police are awaiting a search warrant to go in and retrieve the chemicals.