A Pennsylvania newlywed is fighting for his life after being brutally assaulted during his honeymoon at a downtown Pittsburgh hotel. Larry Gilmore, a father of three, was discovered in a pool of blood with his pants torn off near the elevators in the fifth-floor lobby of the Even Hotel on Forbes Avenue. The attack occurred on Monday evening, leaving Gilmore in critical condition with a head injury. The suspect, Haiko-Lamar Joseph Calhoun, was swiftly apprehended shortly after the incident.
Gilmore and his wife, Shalawrae, had chosen the Even Hotel as their honeymoon destination following their wedding on Sunday. Shalawrae recounted the horrifying moment she found her husband lying in a puddle of blood. Gilmore was immediately rushed to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he is now reportedly in critical but stable condition. Shalawrae, who is pregnant, expressed hope for his recovery.
The alleged attacker, Calhoun, was arrested on Smithfield Street shortly after the assault. According to court records, video surveillance from inside the hotel captured Calhoun approaching Gilmore from behind near the elevators and placing him in a chokehold. The footage further revealed that Calhoun repeatedly slammed Gilmore’s head into the ground, kicked and stomped on him, and stole several items, including his pants.
Calhoun claimed that Gilmore had made offensive remarks, which led to the altercation. However, the motive behind the attack remains under investigation. Calhoun, who was homeless at the time of his arrest, is currently held at the Allegheny County Jail on charges of attempted homicide. He also faces charges of aggravated assault, robbery, and recklessly endangering another person.
In response to the incident, Gilmore’s family staged a protest outside the Even Hotel, demanding its closure until security measures are thoroughly evaluated. The hotel explained that its second set of ground-level doors are locked from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and can only be accessed with a guest key.
The Even Hotel released a statement expressing their concern for the guest and their family, appreciating the prompt actions of their staff, the Pittsburgh police department, and local EMTs who provided aid. The hotel pledged full cooperation with the ongoing investigation. Meanwhile, Gilmore’s loved ones have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for his recovery, with a goal of $10,000.