Man Accused of Stashing Loaded Gun Under Hotel Lobby Chair Cushion

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013  |  Updated 3:01 PM EDT
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Police say a man who allegedly stuffed a loaded pistol under a chair cushion in the lobby of a lower Manhattan hotel has been arrested in his North Carolina hometown.

Bobby Glen Jackson, 59, was arrested in Fayetteville. He's set to be brought to New York next week to face charges of criminal possession of a loaded firearm and reckless endangerment.

The charges stem from an April 14 incident at World Center Hotel on Washington Street. A relative told The New York Times Jackson tucked the pistol under the cushion simply because he was rushing to get back to his tour group.

A woman at the hotel found the gun when she sat on it a short time later.

Authorities released a surveillance image that allegedly shows Jackson placing the gun under the cushion. The NYPD says he has no permit to carry a gun in New York City. 

Information on an attorney for Jackson wasn't immediately available.

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