FBI agents busted into a Boston hotel room and interrogated the wrong man during a training exercise.
The man was a Delta Airlines pilot, not the intended role player, sources told local outlet WBZ News.
The agents handcuffed the confused man and questioned him for nearly an hour before realizing their mistake.
FBI agents and US Army special operators busted into the wrong hotel room during a training exercise this week, where they handcuffed and interrogated a pilot for nearly an hour before realizing he was the wrong person.
At around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, agents from the FBI's Boston office were helping the Defense Department conduct a training exercise at a hotel in the city, the FBI told Insider in a statement. The agents were "mistakenly sent to the wrong room" where they detained an individual who was not the "intended role player."
According to CBS Boston, which first reported on the incident, the agents initially banged on the door. When a confused man opened it, they handcuffed him, put him in the shower, and interrogated him for more than 45 minutes. After the agents discovered they had made a mistake, they apologized to the man, who turned out to be a Delta Airlines pilot who was just trying to get some sleep.
There were no injuries, the FBI said.
A US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) spokesperson told Insider that its members were carrying out "essential military training" that's supposed to "enhance soldiers' skills to operate in realistic and unfamiliar environments." They added that the team "unfortunately" entered the wrong room.
Neither USASOC, nor the FBI, revealed how, exactly, the training team was sent to the wrong room and ended up detained someone who was uninvolved with the training.
The Boston Police Department was called to the hotel — which was named in a police report as the Revere Hotel — where they confirmed the incident was just a training exercise, the USASOC spokesperson told Insider. It added that "we'd like to extend our deepest apologies to the individual who was affected by the training exercise."
"Safety is always a priority of the FBI, and our law enforcement partners, and we take these incidents very seriously," the FBI said in its statement. "The Boston Division is reviewing the incident with [the Department of Defense] for further action as deemed appropriate."
Delta Airlines told Insider, "We are looking into reports of an alleged incident in Boston that may involve Delta people. We have nothing further to share at this time other than to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our people."
The Revere Hotel did not immediately provide Insider with additional information about what happened. The Department of Defense said it "routinely conducts training exercises with law enforcement agencies" but declined to comment further.
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