Hotel maid in New York hospitalized after cleaning up mysterious substances

A maid has been hospitalized after coming into contact with a mysterious white powder in a hotel room in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, authorities said.

The woman was cleaning a room at the Park Hyatt Hotel on West 57th Street when she spotted a “white powdery substance” near the sink and began feeling dizzy and nauseous around 1:20 p.m., police said.

The FDNY responded, wiping down surfaces in the room. They tested the collected samples and found a possible trace amount of an explosive substance, NYPD Deputy Chief James McCarthy said at a news conference.

The NYPD Bomb Squad and FBI then responded to the hotel and, as a precaution, evacuated the entire eleventh floor and collected their own samples from inside the room, McCarthy said.

Their tests found no evidence of any potentially hazardous material, and investigators believe the FDNY’s first test was a false positive, McCarthy said.

The woman was cleaning a room at the hotel when she discovered the powdered substance and felt dizzy, police said.
The woman was cleaning a room at the hotel when she discovered the powdered substance and felt dizzy, police said.
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Still, later Tuesday night, police took into custody a man they believe may be behind the mysterious powder, sources said.

McCarthy had said the suspect, who had 16 previous arrests for low-level crimes, snuck into the hotel room after a family checked out Sunday morning and stayed the night.

The man is believed to have picked up a hotel card key for the room that a family member had dropped. He swept into the room at 8:30 p.m. Sunday and left at 10:30 a.m. the next morning, McCarthy said.

The unidentified suspect is known to have entered hotels, he added.

The police said there was no danger to the population.

“I would like to emphasize to all New Yorkers and visitors that there is no credible threat against the city at this time,” McCarthy said Tuesday night.

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