U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Even federal law enforcement agents can fall victim to theft. Being robbed is precisely what happened to F.B.I. Counterterrorism supervisor, Robert Manson in July of this year when he was in Charlotte, N.C for official F.B.I. Training.
According to police reports Manson, who oversees all terrorism investigations in the Midwest, North Carolina, and South Carolina for the F.B.I.’s high profile international terrorism section met a couple of women. Both women said that they were exotic dancers. During the night of heavy drinking at the Westin hotel, Manson started talking to the two women at the bar. Right away he hit it off with one of the exotic dancers.
Mason invited one of the exotic dancers back to his hotel room that he had been staying in at the Westin Hotel across from the Charlotte Convention Center and the NASCAR hall of fame. The woman accepted Manson's advances and accompanied him back to his hotel room on the fifth floor of the Westin. The woman seems to have had an ulterior motive for going back to the hotel room of the F.B.I. unit chief.
At 6:30 AM Special Agent Kevin Thuman, who was also there for the same training, found Manson still so intoxicated that he was to the point of being incapacitated from the alcohol from the night before. What Thuman didn't see was the woman. The exotic dancer was gone without a trace of her identity being left behind. After being raised from his drunken haze the two F.B.I. Agents realized that the stripper wasn't the only thing missing from the room.
According to the police report, the agents found that Manson's $6000 Rolex watch and $60 in cash were missing from the hotel room. Most disturbingly Manson's .40 caliber Glock 27 was also nowhere in the place and apparently stolen by the woman. Although federal agents are permitted to carry an off-duty weapon, federal agents are by regulation prohibited from carrying a gun while intoxicated. It seems that Manson violated this rule since he had little recollection of the night before or even the morning.
According to, F.B.I. Spokesperson, Michael P. Kortan the incident is subject to an internal investigation, but he declined to comment on the status of the open case. Another apparent rules violation that seems to apply in this situation is that it appears that Manson did not secure his firearm correctly. The Westin hotels provide a safe in every hotel room. According to the police report, Manson did not utilize the in-room safe and left the gun out in plain view.
According to, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Spokesperson, Robert Tufano there is very little to go on in the case. Police have not made an arrest in the investigation, and the suspect is still unknown at this time.
The police report states the Manson “was not acting in a law enforcement capacity” and does not mention Manson as being a member of the F.B.I. at the time of the incident. The theft took place between 2 AM (the time the hotel bar closed) and 5 AM according to F.B.I. Agent Kevin Thuman.
The police report was filed by Thuman since Manson was too intoxicated to give a statement himself to police. Manson remains on duty while the internal investigation is taking place.
Last year another F.B.I. Agent was arrested when pulled over for drunk driving.
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