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UPDATED: Crime Watch: Hotel worker allegedly robbed at gunpoint

Deputies seek help locating suspect

Posted: September 3, 2008 12:37 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121 if you know the identity of the suspect pictured above.

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An unidentified male pointed a gun at a clerk at the Stevenson Ranch Hampton Inn, forcing him to surrender $713 and a laptop computer at 4:40 a.m. Wednesday, a Sheriff’s Department official said.

The suspect possibly cased the hotel the day before with a friend who rented a room, said Sgt. Kevin Blake of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station.

Video surveillance cameras captured the suspect jumping over the lobby counter armed with a gun, said Delene Dennis, hotel general manager. The gunman barged into the office where the night desk clerk was working and ordered the him to hand over his wallet, laptop computer and car keys.
The armed robbery didn’t end there.

The gunman was caught on camera forcing the night clerk to open the front desk cash drawer and pillaging $500 from the till, Dennis said. Wednesday morning wasn’t the first time the suspect was seen at the Hampton Inn, Dennis said. The suspect and another man were recorded checking in at the hotel at 4:12 a.m. Tuesday morning. The suspect was seen reaching over the counter into the cash drawer. “Luckily, there was no money in the drawer,” Dennis said.

The recording also shows the suspect walking around the hotel in an apparent dress rehearsal for the next day’s crime, Dennis said.

Sheriff’s deputies aren’t releasing the name of the person who checked in with alleged suspect, Blake said.
Deputies are investigating Tuesday morning’s events and the robbery Wednesday morning, he said.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 19 years old, 5-foot-5, weighing 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Deputies don’t have a description of the man who checked in with the robbery suspect, Blake said.

Anyone with information on the robbery can call the Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121.

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