On Tuesday, October 2, 2013, just before 10:00 a.m., while Hot Springs National Park was closed to the public, roads and facilities were shut down, Hot Springs, National Park rangers were dispatched to an intrusion alarm at the Hot Springs Mountain Tower.
Ranger David Van Nest arrived on scene moments later and while performing a building check, he observed a dog tied to the rear of the building near the woods.
Adjacent to the dog, was a back pack.
No one was around the exterior of the tower and all exterior doors and windows appeared secured.
Ranger Van Nest requested additional units to search the building.
While waiting for the manager of the Hot Springs Mountain Tower to arrive and open the facility, a female was observed by rangers hiding in the stairwell.
The trespasser, identified as Deira Inquye, 29, of Oahu, Hawaii, was apprehended and questioned by Rangers.
Her first comment to the rangers was “I think I am in trouble”
Inquye stated that she had driven from Virginia to Memphis and then to Hot Springs. Once she saw that the park was closed down, she hiked to the tower and decided to tie up her dog and scaled the 10 foot fence. She stated that once the burglar alarm sounded, she got scared and hid.
Rangers checked the rest of the building and it was all secured. Rangers were suspicious of a possible ulterior motive for entering the Mountain Tower, however, after questioning the female those suspicions were put to rest.
Her story about visiting other National Park areas was confirmed. According to Ranger David Van Nest, It appears that she was just an overzealous visitor who really wanted to see the park.
Inquye was charged one count of simple trespassing.