Man accused of beating N.M. security guard with hotel dining room items

Aug. 16--A 44-year-old man faces aggravated battery and assault charges after police say he beat up a hotel security guard with items from the establishment's dining room -- including a water dispenser and a plastic tray -- after he was asked to leave for making a mess with his food.

Police say John Guirau walked into the Rodeway Inn near Tramway and Central Friday in a stupor with two black eyes and piled lots of food on his plate, making a mess.

When a security guard confronted him, Guirau chest-bumped the guard and then spat in his face, which is when the guard tried to get him out of the hotel, according to the criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

Police said Guirau battered the guard, hitting him on the head with a full water dispenser as well as a food tray, and tried to stab him with a piece of sharp plastic. He got the guard in a choke-hold, grabbed a metal and plastic sign holder and whacked the guard on the head, cutting him multiple times, the complaint states.

A bystander helped the guard get Guirau out of the hotel, and he walked away. He later returned to the hotel, which is when police arrested him. The guard had many small cuts and gashes on his head, and was covered in dried blood when police arrived.

Guirau was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was booked into the county jail on $25,000 bail.

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