On December 9, 2022 at approximately 2:00PM Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Motel 6 on South 6th Street in Klamath Falls on a report of an individual that entered a hotel room and threatened guests with a firearm.

Deputies arriving on scene learned that an individual, later identified as Albert Elias Benavidez, age 33 of Klamath Falls, forced his way into a room threatening the occupants with a firearm and proceeded to take their belongings.

Benavidez was staying in another room of the motel that deputies surrounded. After a brief standoff Benavidez surrendered to deputies without further incident. Further investigation revealed the firearm recovered was previously reported stolen as part of a case that Klamath Falls Police Department is working on.

Benavidez was lodged at the Klamath County Jail on the following initial charges:

Robbery I
Felon in Possession of a Firearm Unlawful use of a Weapon Pointing a Firearm at Another Theft I
Burglary I