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Hilltop House robbed, clerk punched

April 17, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A 62-year-old front desk clerk at the Hilltop House Hotel suffered a broken nose when she was punched in the face by a robber who stole $150 from the hotel early Tuesday, police said.

It was the second robbery of a Harpers Ferry-area hotel in less than three weeks, but the two do not appear to be related, according to Harpers Ferry Police Chief Donald Buracker.

The robbery at the Hilltop House Hotel occurred about 1:17 a.m. when a black man about six feet tall entered the hotel on East Ridge Street, Buracker said. The man, possibly about 20 years old, was wearing a stocking hat, a white shirt and baggy pants, said Buracker.

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The man approached the counter and asked the clerk if there were any rooms available, Buracker said. The man then asked the clerk to put all the money on the counter.

The man took the money, grabbed the clerk by her shirt, and punched her in the face, said Buracker. The woman suffered a broken nose and her glasses were broken, Buracker said.

Harpers Ferry Police officer Matt Hackney responded to the hotel within four minutes and began administering first aid to the woman, Buracker said.

A police dog unit from Martinsburg Police responded but was unable to pick up a scent of the robber.

Buracker said the robbery does not appear to be connected to a March 27 robbery at the Cliffside Inn motel because the men in that robbery were white, Buracker said.

In that robbery, two men entered the Cliffside Inn lobby about 10:45 p.m. and demanded money, said police. After the clerk gave them the contents of a cash register, they fled to a blue two-door compact car, said police.

One of the men, armed with a silver revolver, fired a shot at potential witnesses who were attempting to get the fleeing vehicle's license plate number as it drove south onto U.S. 340, police said.

The bullet broke a glass door and struck a wooden door inside, said police.

The men have not been apprehended.

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