Man accused of beating security guard at Double Tree hotel - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man accused of beating security guard at Double Tree hotel

Timothy Bax (Source: MPD) Timothy Bax (Source: MPD)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A man was arrested and accused of beating a security guard at the Double Tree hotel in Downtown Memphis.

According to police, officers found Brian Jennings in the front lobby barely conscious and bleeding heavily from multiple injuries on his face and head.

"We heard a few bangs and crashes, but just assumed it was people slamming their doors," said one guest at the Double Tree.

Jennings was conscious enough to tell officers that he was attacked and robbed of his two-way radio, glasses, inhaler and cell phone case by an angry and intoxicated man on the seventh floor.

Jennings told police that he confronted the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Timothy Bax, when several other guests complained that he was banging on doors.

According to Security One, Bax tried to get into a room he thought was his, but when police asked to see his room key, he handed them a key to a different hotel.

Jennings says that when he asked Bax whether he was staying at the hotel, Bax punched him in the face and head several times until he blacked out. Other Security One officials later revealed that Bax was not a guest at the hotel.

When he regained consciousness, Jennings saw Bax getting into the service elevator with the stolen items.

Officers searched the hotel for the suspect, who they found in the kitchen area punching walls, yelling and ripping things off the wall.

Meanwhile, guests on the seventh floor say they're upset they weren't told to stay in their rooms.

"I feel we should have been told about it immediately," said one guest. "I'm shocked we're hearing about it now."

Other people staying at the hotel say it's a reminder that you should always be aware of your surroundings.

Still, many say that they appreciate Jennings protecting them and ensuring that no guests were hurt.

Police took the suspect into custody and charged him with robbery and vandalism over $500.

Security One officials say Jennings is recovering and is happy to be home.

Employees at the Double Tree Hotel did not wish to comment on the incident.

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