DA arrests night supervisor at Umbrella Hotel
by Jacob Henry
Jan 13, 2021 | 3755 views | 0 0 comments | 143 143 recommendations | email to a friend | print
District Attorney Melinda Katz announced her office has charged the front desk supervisor of the now-closed Umbrella Hotel in Kew Gardens.

Gulshan Gandhi, 68, was arrested Monday on criminal nuisance charges for “maintaining conditions that endangered the safety and health of hotel guests and the community at large.”

Gandhi worked as a supervisor for the late shift during at least three nights of violence at the hotel, including the most recent shooting which left 20-year-old Robert Williams dead on New Year’s Day.

“The defendant allegedly – and repeatedly – allowed unsafe gatherings on the premises of the hotel, even after a shooting left bullet holes in its front door,” Katz said. “This hotel has been a danger to the community.”

Gandhi was charged with two counts of criminal nuisance in the second degree, a misdemeanor, and will appear in court at a later date.

Management of the Umbrella Hotel shut its doors over the weekend, but the DA’s office is still in the midst of prosecuting various crimes that occurred there, including assault, rape and sex trafficking.

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