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Martinsburg motel robbed at gunpoint

November 04, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Two men robbed the Days Inn in Martinsburg at gunpoint early Friday after placing the barrel of a revolver into the side of a hotel employee who was told not to contact police, according to a press release from the Martinsburg Police Department.

Police were notified of the robbery at the hotel at 209 Viking Way at 1:19 a.m., according to the release from Detective S.F. Doyle.

Investigators were told when two black males wearing hoods and toboggans approached the front door of the hotel, an employee motioned for them to remove them before they entered, which they did, according to the release.

Once inside, they asked about reserving a room, but then proceeded to grab the employee and place a handgun into her side as she walked near the front desk, according to the release.

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The employee then was taken into a nearby room, and the robbers took money and other items from the front desk, according to the release.

After being taken to another room, the employee was told by the robbers not to contact police, according to the release.

The robbers then fled in an unknown direction from the hotel, according to the release.

Both of the robbers are believed to be in their mid-20s, according to the release. One of the robbers was wearing a dark blue jacket and was about 6 feet tall with a normal build, according to the release. The other suspect was 5 feet 8 inches tall and similarly built, and had a thin mustache, according to the release.

Both robbers are believed to be armed with revolvers, according to the release.

The hotel is at least the second such business off Foxcroft Avenue to be the victim of an armed robbery this year.

The Hampton Inn off South Foxcroft Avenue was robbed at gunpoint on Aug. 23, according to records.

Anyone with information regarding the Days Inn robbery may call Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999 or the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.

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