A convicted con man wanted for a string of burglaries was taken into custody after a nearly 10-hour police standoff in an Oklahoma City hotel room.
Police said 35-year-old Chad Yeaman checked into the Extended Stay America at Northwest Expressway and Meridian several days ago.
Police said Yeaman had a gun strapped to his leg, he was wearing a fake badge, and told a hotel clerk he was a Federal Agent. “At one point he told the staff there that he was undercover, working a child porn case,” said Police Spokesman Paco Balderrama. “He said he was deep undercover, so if police came looking for him, to not say he was here.”
Friday morning police converged on Yeaman's second-floor hotel room, after getting a tip. Police said Yeaman had installed web cameras all over the exterior of the hotel to track police movements.
Just after 3 p.m., police said Yeaman set fire to a bed mattress in his room. That fire and all the sprinklers it set off did a lot damage all over the hotel, police said. “We were finally able to use a robot to ram the door,” Balderrama said.
He said police found Yeaman lying on the floor of his room, wet and freezing. Yeaman has a rap sheet in Oklahoma dating back to 1999. He also served 15 years in a California prison for as many as three-dozen burglaries, according to police.