Keegan Casteel Wiki – Keegan Casteel Biography
Keegan Casteel is an Iowa man arrested at a Chicago hotel with a rifle, laser sight, and ammunition on the Fourth of July, authorities say. His room at the W Hotel Lakeshore overlooked Ohio Street Beach on North Lake Shore Drive and is near the Navy Pier, prosecutors said. Casteel was released after posting $10,000 bail after making his first court appearance on July 6, 2021, CBS Chicago reports.
Casteel is from Ankeny, Iowa, according to authorities. It was not immediately known if he has hired an attorney who could speak on his behalf. He and his family could not be reached for comment by Heavy. Police and prosecutors did not say why Casteel had the rifle, ammunition, and accessories for the weapon in his hotel room during the holiday weekend.
He is 32 years old.
Chicago Police responded to the W Hotel at 644 North Lake Shore Drive about 6:45 p.m. on July 4 after receiving reports from an employee at the hotel of a rifle and handgun in a “very suspicious position” inside of the hotel rooms, Brown said at a press conference on July 6. “We responded and arrested a Keegan Casteel,” Brown said.
He said police found a handgun, rifle, and five rifle magazines on the window sill of the hotel room where Casteel was staying, Brown told reporters. According to authorities, it was a housekeeper who reported seeing the gun.
According to WGN, Casteel had a .308 caliber rifle, a high-powered scope, a semi-automatic handgun, and five rifle magazines were found by police in the hotel room. The news station added that the rifle’s serial number was not visible. Prosecutors said Casteel admitted to having the guns in his room. In court, the prosecutors said Casteel had a “high-powered laser sight attachment,” WTTW reports.
According to Cook County court records, Casteel was charged with two counts of felony unlawful use of a weapon. CBS Chicago reports that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said during Casteel’s first court appearance on July 6 that Casteel does not have a Firearm Owners Identification Card, which is a requirement to legally possess a gun in Illinois.
Keegan Casteel charged after housekeeping at the W Chicago alerted CPD to rifle with a live round in the chamber, handgun and loaded rifle magazines on the window sill.
— Megan Hickey (@MeganHickeyTV) July 6, 2021
According to WGN, police are retaining possession of Casteel’s guns, but he is allowed to return to Iowa as a condition of his release. He is required to return to Illinois for his court hearings, the news station reports.
Previous Arrest History
While Brown told reporters Casteel has “no previous criminal history” nor “any other issues in our federal databases,” a search of Iowa court records show he has been arrested there multiple times. He does not appear to have a prior criminal record or any previous arrests in Cook County or elsewhere in Illinois. He does not have a felony record in Iowa.
Casteel was found guilty in 2005 of operating a vehicle without registration in Polk County, Iowa, court records show. In 2006, he was found guilty of drag racing and careless driving, records show.
In 2012, Casteel was found guilty by a jury of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor, and he were sentenced to 730 days in prison, with credit for time served and 723 days suspended. He was also sentenced to 18 months of probation. In 2014, Casteel was charged with driving with a denied or revoked license, but the charge was dismissed.