Accusations: Man used magic wand to threaten Bloomington Hotel employee

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A man has been charged after allegedly pulling out a ‘wizard’s wand’ and pointing it at a Bloomington Hotel employee.

Skylar Eros Dupree Thomas, 29, is charged with fifth-degree assault and trespassing – two misdemeanors – in connection with the incident.

Bloomington police were called to the Hyatt Place hotel on International Drive around 12:12 p.m. Friday to a report of a person with a weapon.

A hotel worker told police that Thomas – who received a trespassing notice in November barring him from coming to the hotel until the end of November – entered the hotel and reached for a bowl used room keys. The criminal complaint says the employee then repeatedly asked Thomas to leave and Thomas began calling the employee racial slurs.

As the employee followed Thomas out of the hotel, Thomas allegedly pulled out a chopstick that the employee thought was a long knife. In response, the employee, who has a conceal and carry permit, pulled out a gun and pointed it at Thomas, according to the complaint.

The complaint goes on to say that Thomas knocked over a trash can, then began to walk away before turning around and pointing the wand at the employee again. Eventually, Thomas ran away.

A witness confirmed the employee’s story, and investigators noted that the wand was about 16 inches long with a hard metal tip at the end that resembled a knife, the complaint states.

Thomas was arraigned on Monday and granted parole. A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for May 19.

If convicted, Thomas could face up to 180 days behind bars, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.

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