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Man is convicted of trying to rob Pa. hotel

November 09, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County jury took about 15 minutes Monday to reach a guilty verdict in the case of a man accused of attempting to rob a hotel while wearing toddler pajama pants as a disguise.

Larry Armwood, 28, of 1463 State St. in Chambersburg, was convicted of attempted robbery, attempted theft, simple assault and unlawful restraint in the bungled Oct. 13, 2003, holdup at Comfort Inn, at 3301 Black Gap Road. Judge John R. Walker scheduled Armwood's sentencing for Dec. 22.

A man entered the lobby shortly after midnight and demanded that night clerk Alisa Parrish give him cash, according to the affidavit of probable cause. The man grabbed Parrish by the arm, pushed her into the office behind the front desk and pretended to have a weapon in his jacket, Pennsylvania State Police said.

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The man left without any money and Parrish saw him drive north on Pa. 997, according to the affidavit. The object in the jacket was a socket wrench, according to trial testimony.

Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Fogal said the pajama pants disguise was ineffective because no eye holes had been cut in them and Parrish testified Armwood had to keep lifting the pants to see.

Parrish also testified she had been outside on a break when Armwood drove up and was able to get a description of his vehicle and him before he put on the pajama pants mask, Fogal said.

Police found a vehicle fitting that description outside Armwood's home, but he and the other people inside the house denied any knowledge of the attempted robbery, the affidavit states. The pajama pants, however, had been left in the hotel parking lot and the matching top was in Armwood's vehicle, according to police records.

Police left Armwood's home after initially questioning him, but he drove back to the hotel and asked to speak with an officer, the affidavit stated. Parrish was still at the hotel and identified Armwood as the robber when he arrived.

Armwood did not testify during his trial, Fogal said.

Fogal said Armwood is also being held for trial in a robbery last year in Montgomery County, Md.

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