Man breaks into National Civil Rights Museum, sleeps on bed at former motel
Officials increased security at the National Civil Rights Museum after police discovered a smashed window and a man sleeping on a bed at the former Lorraine Motel.
The historical landmark is the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final moments alive.
The break-in call came into police a little after 1 a.m. on Wednesday. Security officers heard a window break and went to check out the area. That’s when they noticed the windows to rooms 307 and 308 were broken. Both rooms are on the second floor of Lorraine Motel.
Security officers called Memphis Police Department. Officers quickly arrived on scene and found 33-year-old Dexter Anderson lying in a bed, asleep in room 308. The room was just a few doors down from Room 306 where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stayed the day he died.
Anderson was taken into custody. He is charged with vandalism over $500 and criminal trespassing.
On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee. The site was turned into a museum in 1991.
Security officers are keeping a closer watch on the room until the window is repaired. No other damage was reported.
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