Charges dropped against homeless man in suite

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 6:30 a.m.



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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Prosecutors in western Pennsylvania have dropped charges against a homeless man found squatting inside the presidential suite of a Pittsburgh hotel last fall.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1v3CBwC ) reports that Allegheny County prosecutors on Monday withdrew criminal trespass and theft of services charges against 48-year-old Jeffrey Watson.

Watson was arrested in November after guests checking into the $2,500-a-night suite at the Omni William Penn Hotel saw him sleeping on a couch and notified hotel staff.

Police said Watson told them that he had been in the city for more than a month and slept wherever he could find "somewhere comfortable."

Mike Manko, spokesman for the Allegheny County district attorney's office, said he did not know why the charges had been withdrawn. Hotel officials did not return a call seeking comment.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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