Iowa suspect who brought weapons to Chicago hotel makes bond, proposes to girlfriend in front of reporters

An Iowa man arrested in Chicago after allegedly bringing weapons and ammunition to a hotel has bailed out of jail and immediately proposed to his girlfriend.

ABC Chicago reports that Keegan Casteel, 32, of Ankeny, Iowa, said little to reporters after his release Wednesday. He was arrested days earlier and charged with two felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and booked into the Cook County jail in Chicago.

While leaving Chicago’s Police District 18 Headquarters, Casteel apparently spotted his girlfriend and dropped down on one knee to propose. A child inside the car called the woman, “mommy.”

As CrimeOnline previously reported, police arrested Casteel earlier this week after a maid at the W Chicago – Lakeshore hotel noticed weapons inside his hotel room. Authorities later found ammunition, a .308 caliber rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, and a high-powered scope in Casteel’s possession.

Casteel, who was released on a $10,000 bond, will be allowed to return to Iowa. However, his weapons have been confiscated and are now in police custody.

“Clearly, we are not in Iowa,” a judge told him.

It’s unclear why the suspect brought the weapons to the hotel, but Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the suspect had loaded magazines on the hotel room’s window sill.

“Five loaded magazines that he had perched upon the window sill,” Lightfoot said. “Thank God for that hotel worker who saw something and said something.”

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[Feature Photo: ABC Chicago SS/Police Handout]