Phoenix hotel vandalized while packed with guests

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Chaos ensued at a popular central Phoenix hotel Friday night after someone tried to throw smoke bombs into its packed restaurant.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. at the Clarendon Hotel and Spa at Clarendon and Third avenues, south of Indian School Road.

Police said someone threw rocks at a Gallo Blanco restaurant window, shattering the glass and injuring one person.

Police said the injury is minor.

At least one person then unsuccessfully tried to throw smoke bombs into the hotel.

Police said more than 65 people were dining inside the restaurant at the time.

Hotel owner Ben Bethel said there has never been an incident like it in the nine years he's been there.

"It's horrible," he said. "You know, you really care a lot about all of your guests and your employees. Everybody here is friends and family when they're staying here and working here, And we want to make sure that they're safe."

Bethel is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

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