Family finds gun under pillow at motel
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
SUGAR LAND, TX (KTRK) -- A family staying at a Sugar Land motel got something unexpected at check in; grandma found a gun under a pillow.
It happened at the Drury Inn on Southwest Freeway near Sugar Creek Boulevard. Family members are very upset about the discovery, some are even emotional, as they can't help but think about what could have happened.
Brandy Frugia says everyone was settling in after checking in to the hotel, including their five- and nine-year-old daughters.
"Playing in the room, jumping on the beds like kids would do," Frugia said.
Just inches from the girls jumping around and playing with their games was a discovery that changed the tone of their stay.
"A gun was hidden in the bed. How did it get there? I need answers," Frugia said.
Brandy's mother, Laverne Perronne, was propping up her back with some pillows.
"It felt like a gun. It was cold, and I slid it out and said, 'What is that?' And it was a gun," Perronne said.
"I came into the room and there was my mom, sitting there in shock, and there was a gun," Frugia said.
Perronne can't help but get emotional remembering how her granddaughters were playing beside her just minutes before.
"It didn't, it didn't happen, it didn't happen. Thank God it didn't happen to us," Perronne said.
Sugar Land police were called to the hotel and after looking over the gun, they determined it was a loaded 40-caliber handgun.
Drury Inn Regional Manager Brian Collins said they learned the gun belongs to a previous guest who is registered as a handgun owner and when the staff went to prepare the room, it was overlooked.
He also said they're reviewing procedures with staff at that location, notified the Corporate Safety and Security Department, apologized and will compensate the family.
"Housekeeping should be more consistent in checking the rooms and the beds, and I hope nothing like this has to happen again," Frugia said.
Sugar Land police say they still have possession of the gun, but they have no reason to open a criminal investigation at this time.