Alexis Celona and Michael Muehlbauer Flood Hotel Room As Cops Wait Outside

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

From time to time. we at Schmuck of the Week headquarters take it upon ourselves to offer advice to folks on the cusp of schmuckdom, in the hope of helping them avoid being featured in this space down the line.

Today's tip: Don't commit a crime while cops are at your door.

Had Alexis Celona and Michael Muehlbauer embraced this philosophy, they'd be in less trouble than they are now.

Turns out they were already wanted when they allegedly caused a flood in a hotel room — something that was hard to pin on previous guests, since officers were waiting outside.

This isn't the first time Muehlbauer's booking photo has made the media. Last August, he was featured in the Colorado Springs Gazette's "Mug Shot Monday" feature owing to a bust for allegedly providing false information to a pawn broker.

For her part, Celona's online footprint consisted mainly of pics lingering on an old MySpace page:

But things changed this week, owing to shenanigans that took place on April 4.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers were on the lookout for Muehlbauer, 24, who'd racked up multiple felony warrants.

And when they traced him to a room at the MCM Elegante Suites, a hotel in the Colorado Springs area, they stumbled on a two-for-one deal.

The reason: He was in the company of Celona, 26, and she had some felony and misdemeanor warrants out in her name, too.

The CSPD reportedly made numerous attempts to contact the pair at the hotel, but to no avail — and while they were in the process of obtaining a search warrant, Muehlbauer and Celona allegedly barricaded themselves in their room and turned on the fire sprinklers.

The cops say water poured out from the ceiling, flooding their room and several other adjacent ones. There was so much liquid, in fact, that part of the hotel's electrical system was switched off, so as to prevent responding officers from electrocuting themselves.

Why had the twosome turned on the sprinklers? Muehlbauer is quoted as explaining that the sprinkler gambit was "a failed attempt at a diversionary tactic that would have allowed the suspects to escape," a CSPD release states.

By the way, Muehlbauer ultimately left the room because he was cold; he complained about hypothermia, the cops maintain. But Celona was apparently more resilient. She had to be "extracted," along with a German Shepard.

Oh yeah: The flooding was so bad the toilet in the room had to be removed in order for personnel from the Colorado Springs Fire Department to drain out the water.

Damage is estimated at $15,000.

Muehlbauer and Celona were promptly arrested on the original charges, plus suspicion of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.

To that, we add a count of first-degree schmuckiness.

Here's a report about the incident from KKTV.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.