HARPERS FERRY - Four people accused of breaking into the historic Hilltop House Hotel in Harpers Ferry and causing more than $2,500 in damages were arrested Tuesday on felony burglary and conspiracy charges.
Tyler Brett Kennedy, 18, of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Charles Town; Tyler James Hefflin, 18, of Highview Road, Harpers Ferry; Jeffrey Alexander Thomas, 18, of Palomino Place, Charles Town; and Chelsea Ann Wallace, 18, of Heath Drive, Charles Town, were each arraigned Tuesday on one count of nighttime burglary and conspiracy to commit nighttime burglary.
A fifth person, a juvenile, was also caught with the group and could face juvenile charges.
According to court records, at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday police were dispatched to the hotel, located at 400 E. Ridge St., for a report of a burglary. The hotel is surrounded by a locked chain-link fence.
The hotel's groundskeeper told police he saw several young adults walking around the hotel, but then lost sight of them.
As officers were walking around the hotel, they heard someone yelling and the sound of glass breaking coming from the main building, record show.
While waiting for other police units to arrive, the initial responding officers saw five people exit the main front door of the hotel. They were ordered to get on the ground and were detained until other units arrived. Three of the four men were found in possession of open alcoholic beverages. While police were performing a pat down search on the suspects, an officer saw fresh cuts and blood on all of the male subjects' hands.
All five individuals had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol. They agreed to submit to field sobriety tests and failed, records show.
Emergency medical services personnel were called to the scene, but all five subjects refused medical treatment.
While walking through the hotel with the property manager, police were told that the front door was kicked in and several windows had been broken, records show.
Hefflin, Wallace and Thomas were later released from custody after posting bond. As of Wednesday, Kennedy remained in custody at Eastern Regional Jail on $20,000 bail.