- Suspect showed gun to clerk at Howard Johnson's
An armed robbery occurred at Howard Johnson's Motel on S.R. 42 at the I-70 interchange Sunday afternoon.
A black male, who appeared to be in his early 20s, entered the motel lobby about 2 p.m. and asked for a room, reported Clay County Det./Sgt. Mike Heaton.
The clerk handed him a registration card to fill out. The suspect then gave the clerk an invalid debit/credit card. As the clerk returned the card the suspect asked her if she would do him a favor.
"Give me all the money in the drawer," the suspect said.
The clerk said the suspect did show a gun.
After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect left the premises in a white SUV heading west on S.R. 42 toward S.R. 59.
The suspect was described as about 5 ft. 5 in. to 5 ft. 8 in. and medium build. He was wearing a red jacket with yellow sleeves. His hair was in corn rows and he had tattoos on his hands and knuckles.
A man matching that description was seen earlier at Fast Max Sunoco at the S.R. 42 and S.R. 59 interchange.
Heaton and Dep. Jason Frazier are reviewing surveillance tapes. The crime remains under investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should call the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.