According to police, shortly after 9:30 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to a local hotel to investigate a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they reportedly found Stefanie Bradford, 31, outside screaming in a T-Shirt and underwear. Her two drinking partners – brothers – were naked, with one reported to be locked inside the hotel room and the other hiding nearby.
This caught the interest of the responding officers. It must have been a slow day.
All parties agree that they met for the first time at a neighboring bar, Shenanigan’s, on Saturday night. Sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. Sunday, the three of them went back to the hotel to continue drinking.
Bradford told police that a hooker was in the hotel room when they arrived and, so, she immediately wanted to leave – but then she was hit in the head from behind and did not remember anything else until she woke later in the morning. According to reports, she said she pointed the gun at the men and made them strip in order to hold them there for police “in case she had been raped.”
The two men residing in the hotel told officers a somewhat different story. They said, after returning to the room, they continued drinking. The men said that they all fell asleep around 2AM and the brothers, ages 29 and 31, told police everyone was still wearing their clothes and no one had sex.
The brothers said Bradford woke at about 9:15AM after wetting the bed, told them not to be mad at her because she had a medical condition, then allegedly grabbed two of the four semiautomatic handguns they kept in their room. They said that they offered to take her home but that she threatened to kill herself and them in response.
The men told officers Bradford waved the guns around and forced them to take off their clothes. They said she then fired a single shot into a mattress.
Die, pee-stained mattress… Die.
One of the men said that he used the distraction caused during the execution-style killing of the mattress to run out of the room – naked – and hide. The other then reportedly grabbed a gun and forced Bradford out of the room before telling employees to call police.
Officers said Bradford admitted to police that she smoked synthetic marijuana the previous night. They added that she “kept changing her story.”
Police had Bradford taken to the hospital to be evaluated – noting she had no sign of a head injury. Bradford was arrested on felony charges of criminal confinement, intimidation, criminal recklessness with a weapon and two counts of pointing a firearm. She also is charged with interfering with the reporting of a crime, for allegedly ordering one of the men to put down his cell phone when he attempted to call 911.
…and, with the help of bondsmen, she will be free this Saturday. Shenanigan’s anyone?Tags: criminal confinement, Indiana, interfering with a 911 call, intimidation, recklessness with a weapon, Stefanie Bradford