26-year-old Robert “Craig” Toney was jailed this weekend on multiple charges of domestic assault and vandalism after a night at the Opryland Hotel left the rural Georgia family in a bloody brawl. Craig initially was in a verbal argument with his girlfriend, Kelsea Lafferty Toney, and he grabbed her by the throat, strangling her, knocking her to the bed, and then to the floor, assaulting her the entire time. Craig’s stepfather, Ray Adkins, attempted to intervene, and Craig punched him in the mouth, causing visible injuries. Damages to the hotel room, the exterior hallway, the blood-soaked carpets, walls, beds, hallway, and wallpaper, are estimated to be up to $20,000.
46-year-old tourist Richard Long, from Tempe, AZ, was asked to leave his hotel, the Gaylord Opryland Resort, after threatening staff and causing a disturbance. Metro Nashville Police arrived and observed that Long was extremely intoxicated, and security reported they had told the guest he would have to leave the property due to him making direct threats to staff, which Long said he wouldn’t do since he was a paying guest. Officers explained the trespassing law to him, yet he continued to cause a disturbance at the resort hotel. He was eventually taken into custody and charged with criminal trespass, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and possession of a handgun while under the influence, as a Glock was located on his right hip and located during a search incident to arrest.
47-year-old Rob Winfrey, from Kansas, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on Wednesday after police say he was extremely intoxicated when entering the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, and repeatedly attempted to fight security staff when they asked him to leave.
He was transported to booking and charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
30-year-old Anas Alhams is charged with aggravated assault after video captured him using his vehicle to strike a woman working as a traffic security officer at the Opryland Hotel Saturday. Alhams reportedly was upset that he was sitting in traffic and began to go around the traffic, turning into a non-public area of the property that was a dead-end. As he realized he had to come back out, he ignored both cross-traffic and the traffic officer responsible for the flow, and lunged his vehicle toward her, striking her in the leg as he fled past her at a high rate of speed. He was booked into jail, charged with aggravated assault, and is free on a $15,000 bond.
47-year-old Robert Parker was causing a disturbance at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel this past weekend. Security initially detained him, at which time he was being verbally aggressive toward security staff and Nashville Fire Department medics, who were also on scene. He was charged with public intoxication. It was not immediately known what event caused Parker to become disorderly.
24-year-old daycare owner Shashawna Southall, of Knoxville, was expelled from the Opryland Hotel on April 18th, and attempted to get into a vehicle with her four young children and drive away while heavily intoxicated, police say. Witnesses say she was being irate in the hotel lobby and was barely able to stand.
“I know I shouldn’t have done it, but I shouldn’t be this drunk either, and I am.” – those are the words of 18-year-old Jacob D. Waswick, who also told police “When you take 40 mg of Xanax, & 8 shots of Captain Morgan, and want some wine, you think… well, there’s no camera, I can jump a wall, and get into a cooler, and nobody will know.”
21-year-old Alahna Leonardo was taking a mini-vacation to the Opryland Hotel this weekend, when police say she got so intoxicated she was unsteady and slurring her speech. She called Metro Police to report a stolen wallet but decided to just walk around the hotel when they arrived and then told them ‘Just take me to jail!’ They did.