Las Vegas man uses child as shield and yells at officers in attempt to escape his hotel room

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42-year-old man found with ghost gun, police say

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Las Vegas man is accused of using a child as a shield as he and the boy walked out of a hotel room, yelling at officers to drop their guns.

John Mosz, 42, a six-time registered felon, faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse or neglect, possession or possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and resisting a public officer with a deadly weapon, police said.

Las Vegas Metro Police were called to the Virgin Hotel around 7:45 p.m. on March 5 to a man, later identified as Mosz, who had shown a gun to hotel security guards and who had retired to a guest bedroom, according to an arrest report.

Police learned that Mosz had recently checked into the hotel and gone upstairs with a child.

Subway officers attempted to contact Mosz in the room, but he continued to hang up his phone and did not respond to orders for half an hour, police said.

At around 11:30 p.m., Mosz, wearing a motorcycle helmet, opened the door with the child, who was also wearing a helmet, in front of him.

Police said Mosz used the child “as a shield” as he and the child yelled “at officers to put their weapons away,” according to the report.

Mosz was later taken into custody. As officers took him into custody, Mosz pulled a knife from his belt, police said. An officer managed to snatch the knife from his hands.

Mosz hit his head and was uncooperative while being transferred to jail, police said.

Police determined that the firearm in question was a ghost gun and did not have a serial number.

A judge set bail at $50,000. Mosz remained in custody was as of Monday.


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