The California town of Vacaville woke up to some strange news on Sunday morning when residents learned that Patricia Wright of nearby Fairfield had stormed a Super 8 Motel, taking control of its lobby for nearly 20 minutes.
Staying at the motel with a man, the Sacramento Bee reports that Patricia Wright entered the Super 8 lobby just after 2:40 a.m.
Sunday morning, wearing no clothing and waving a gun. The front desk clerk called 911, and managed to talk Wright into surrendering about 20 minutes later.
Upon arrest, she admitted that she had ingested marijuana, prescription medications, and ecstasy. Prosecutors have now charged Patricia Wright with brandishing a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in public, and possession of a firearm with a removed serial number .
Because it's obvious that pointing a loaded weapon at a motel clerk is illegal in the many states of the Union, let's focus on the legal implications of firearms with missing serial numbers.
Like in most states, in California it is against the law to change or remove a manufacturer's name, model, or number from any firearm. It is also a misdemeanor to knowingly possess a firearm that has been altered in this way.
So, at the very least, Patricia Wright is going to spend a few years behind bars, unless the prosecutor decides to take her drug-induced state into consideration.