John Parsley allegedly had a dispute with staff before ramming his 2006 Sierra GMC into a Comfort Inn in Oklahoma

By Tim Nudd
Updated December 15, 2015 09:50 AM

Police say a Texas man intentionally rammed his pickup truck into the lobby of a hotel in Alva, Oklahoma, narrowly missing two terrified employees working the front desk, PEOPLE confirms.

Security cameras captured the frightening moments, which happened last Thursday afternoon at the Alva Comfort Inn and Suites.

John Parsley, 62, of Gonzales, Texas, had allegedly been involved in a dispute with hotel staffers shortly before the incident, Alva city manager Joe Don Dunham confirms to PEOPLE. Parsley had allegedly been seeking a refund on two transactions, according to a police report by Alva officer Wade Suffon obtained by The Enid News.

Footage shows the two Comfort Inn staffers standing in the lobby, then quickly running for cover as a car alleged to be Parsley’s 2006 Sierra GMC comes crashing into view, sending glass flying and taking out half of the front desk.

Dunham tells PEOPLE that Parsley faces felony counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and malicious injury to property over $1,000. Hotel manager Kingson Christian said Parsley caused more than $100,000 in damage.

Suffon said he was talking to Parsley outside the hotel right before the incident happened, The Enid News reports.

“Parsley rolled his window down and looked at me as I was speaking to him, trying to explain to him I was going to go inside to speak with the manager,” Suffon wrote in his report, according to the paper. “I observed Parsley reach up and place his vehicle in drive and accelerate rapidly, crashing into the hotel front entrance and into the lobby.”

“We are No. 1 on TripAdviser, and we don’t have angry guests,” Christian told the paper. “We make sure our guests are happy, but this person, he was difficult to talk to and wouldn’t listen. He purposely drove through to kill front desk staff.”

Parsley walked out of the truck with his hands up, surrendering to police.