Hotel evacuated after suicide threat is back open

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 08:27 AM.

A Morehead City hotel was back open and an area Marine was in custody Monday afternoon after an alleged suicide threat apparently involving chlorine caused the evacuation of the business.

William Edward O’Brian, 20, who is stationed at Camp Lejeune, was taken into custody by Craven County deputies and transferred to Morehead City Police Department, where he was being processed Monday evening, said Morehead City Maj. Garland Terry.

Terry said O’Brian faces four charges, including damage to property, possession of a synthetic cannabis (spice), possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with a fire suppression system.

Terry said the case is still under investigation and detectives are still working to piece together the details of the day’s events, which began with a 911 call regarding a possible suicide threat involving chlorine gas.

Morehead City police and fire departments responded to the possible suicide threat and hazardous materials incident at the Hampton Inn on U.S. 70, known locally as Arendell Street.

Terry said a third party made the 911 call to communications in Onslow County and Onslow County contacted Morehead City authorities.

O’Brian was no longer in the room when police arrived.

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