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Hotel desk clerk robbed at gunpoint

May 13, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - A man armed with a handgun robbed a Holiday Inn Express near Falling Waters early Sunday, the fifth robbery of an area hotel since March, police said.

The holdup occurred about 2:15 a.m. when a white male with no shirt and a dark tan entered the hotel and pointed a black handgun at a front desk clerk, said Kenny Lemaster, chief deputy of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The hotel is located next to the Spring Mills interchange on Interstate 81.

The clerk gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, and the robber fled out the front door, said Lemaster.

The sheriff's department's reserve deputy unit brought a bloodhound to the hotel in an attempt to track the man, Lemaster said.

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The dog picked up a scent, but the scent stopped after a short distance, leading police to believe the man got into a car at that point, Lemaster said.

The robber is described as being in his mid-20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and having shoulder-length blond hair, Lemaster said.

Lemaster said police were still putting together information on the holdup Sunday and were unsure if it may be related to other robberies of hotels in the area.

Other recent hotel robberies in the area include:

n On April 16, a 62-year-old front desk clerk at the Hilltop House Hotel in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., suffered a broken nose after she was punched in the face by an assailant who stole $150 from the hotel, said police.

n On March 27, two men entered the lobby of the Cliffside Inn along U.S. 340 near Harpers Ferry and demanded money, police said.

n On March 20, a man pointed a gun at a front desk clerk at the Days Inn in Maddex Square near Shepherdstown, W.Va., and took an undetermined amount of money, police said.

n On May 6, two robbers, one pointing a handgun, stole the safe at the Four Points Hotel Sheraton on Dual Highway in Hagerstown.

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