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Partiers in Facebook Video Showing BB Guns Face Weapons Charges: Sources

By  Noah  Hurowitz and Murray Weiss | November 30, 2016 5:09pm 

 Police stormed the Gramercy Park Hotel after receiving a call about a Facebook Live video showing BB guns, sources said.
Police stormed the Gramercy Park Hotel after receiving a call about a Facebook Live video showing BB guns, sources said.
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GRAMERCY — After police in bulletproof vests stormed a Gramercy Park Hotel room on Tuesday over a Facebook Live video showing the guests with an assortment of BB guns, two men and two women were charged with possession of weapons and drugs, according to NYPD sources.

Firas Yousef, 32, Bassem Yousef, 30, Maxine Hansen, 25, and Ashley Mueller, 22, were arrested on Tuesday evening at the hotel on Lexington Avenue and East 22nd Street, after police received a call about the video at about 4:20 p.m., according to police sources.

After receiving the call, police first alerted hotel security, who recognized the guests from the video and went up to the room before officers arrived, sources said.

As they approached the door, the guards could hear someone on the other side saying, "be careful with that, you could get shot," according to sources.

Police arrived on scene shortly after, took two men and two women into custody. During the raid, they found six BB guns, drug paraphernalia and unspecified amount of methamphetamine and heroin.

All four were charged with drugs and weapons possession, the sources said. 

The profanity-laced video, posted to Hansen's Facebook page, depicts what appears to be a small afternoon party in the darkened hotel room, with Hansen describing her and her pals’ opulent lifestyle and an alleged propensity for violence.

“Somebody’s gonna catch a body!” Hansen said, as the camera panned over the guns laid out on the bedspread. 

She quickly clarified that the weapons were “play guns,” but someone was apparently disturbed enough by the video to notify police, according to a source.

In the video, which was posted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Hansen took viewers on a tour of what she described as a penthouse of the hotel, showing off the minibar and comparing herself and her friends to President-elect Donald Trump.

“I don’t think even Donald Trump be living like this,” she said. “I’m my own boss, I don’t work at Cheesecake Factory anymore.”

As of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday the suspects had not yet been arraigned, and it was not immediately clear if they had attorneys.

Daniel Entenberg, the general manager of the hotel, said the hotel is cooperating with police and directed further questions to the NYPD.

"The safety and security of our guests remains our priority," he said.