Florida man allegedly held hotel guests at gunpoint until he fell asleep

  • Sarah Elsesser
  • Palm Beach Post
3:19 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 Crime news
Jerry Mills. Image from Bay County Sheriff's Office.

A Florida man foiled his own plan for holding two hotel guests at gunpoint.

Jerry Allen Mills Jr., 46, of Panama City, knocked on a Days Inn hotel room Saturday. When the guests answered, Mills reportedly forced his way inside and threatened to shoot the two people inside if they tried to leave, according to the Panama City News Herald

The guests stayed in the room for a long time. Then Mills fell asleep and the two escaped, the News Herald reported.

Eventually, Mills reportedly wandered to the front desk and started arguing with three clerks, when he then allegedly pointed a gun at the clerks, yelled “bang!” and pulled the trigger, according to the News Herald. The gun did not fire.

Mills, who had an outstanding arrest warrant for grand theft, was arrested later that night, the News Herald reported.

Now he faces numerous charges, including aggravated assault with a firearm, burglary of an occupied dwelling with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Read more at the Panama City News Herald.