Man holds people at Motel 6 at gunpoint over money in Palm Bay

Man holds point at gunpoint at Motel 6 in Palm Bay, Florida.
Man holds point at gunpoint at Motel 6 in Palm Bay, Florida.

PALM BAY, Florida – A man held people at gunpoint in a Motel 6 room after he accused them of stealing his money, according to the Palm Bay Police Department.

Cheyne Foster Graveley, 27, was arrested for Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon, Cocaine Possession, False Imprisonment, and Grant Theft Firearm.

Police received a call on Sunday morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. from the Motel 6, located at 1170 Malabar Road SE, in reference to an armed disturbance.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victims who said they were held at gunpoint after Graveley accused everyone of stealing his money, the report said.

“[Graveley] pulled out a 9mm handgun and pointed it at the people in the room,” the officer said.

Graveley allegedly said “nobody could leave until he got his money back” and that “he was not afraid to use the gun if he had to,” according to the report.

Graveley then told everyone in the room that he was going to shower, and demanded his money back by the time he finished, the affidavit said.

“[Graveley] left the door to the bathroom open during his shower and brought the firearm with him. Also, the front door was barricaded with items, preventing the people inside from leaving,” the officer said.

The victims said they thought Graveley was going to shoot them as they could not “freely leave the motel room,” the arrest affidavit said.

Palm Bay police made contact with Graveley in the shower, and a 9mm handgun was near him on the toilet. Also in the bathroom was a blue backpack with a box of .40 ammunition and a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

The 9mm handgun was determined to be stolen out of Palm Bay, according to police.

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The suspect confirmed there was a disagreement about money, but denied pointing the gun at anyone. He also denied being in possession of cocaine, police said.

Graveley was transported to the Brevard County Jail. As of Monday afternoon, he’s still being held on $16,000 bond.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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