Marco Island Police received separate calls early Monday morning August 8 threatening harm by gunfire and possible explosive devices against the Marco Island Marriott Resort on South Collier Boulevard by an unidentified male subject.
“Upon receipt of the threats we immediately involved our sister agencies such as the Marco Island Fire Rescue and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and began a process of isolating the property and taking appropriate action to protect the lives and properties that may have been involved,” said Marco Police Chief Al Schettino in a statement to the Coastal Breeze News.
“In a situation such as this and given the times we live in we also recommended a shelter in place order for those in the immediate vicinity. Once it was determined that there was no validity to the threat we lifted the order.”
The unidentified caller was attempting to extort an undisclosed cash payment from the City of Marco Island to avert the threatened attack.
“Our personnel did a great job and we are thankful for the expert assistance provided to us by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and by our own first responders at the Marco Fire Rescue Department.”
Chief Schettino also contacted the local office of the FBI regarding the possible threat and brought them up to speed regarding the situation.
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