Arrest Made in Charlottesville Hotel Robberies

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

June 29, 2006

A suspect is now under arrest after back to back robberies at two Charlottesville hotels over night.

Within an hour after CBS19 aired the surveillance video of a man robbing the Quality Inn on Emmet Street, police received a call and apprehended 28-year-old Demeris Lamont Wilson of Charlottesville.

Around 12:30 a.m. Friday morning, police say Wilson wearing a Kansas City baseball cap, a t-shirt with lettering on the front and shorts robbed the clerk at the Quality Inn at knife point.

Hours later around 5:00 a.m. police say he showed up at the Red Carpet Inn in Albemarle County and held up the clerk there at knife point.

"[He] then threatened the desk clerk and he turned over the limited amount of money that's here," said Christopher Tyler, owner of the Red Carpet Inn. "Hotels don't have much money. They all deal in credit cards."

No one was hurt and the owner said this is the first time the Red Carpet has been robbed.

Before he heard that the suspect was caught, Tyler added: "I hope this guy gets caught. Certainly. And I certainly hope that they put him away for a long time." Tyler was astounded police made an arrest not even 12 hours after the robbery.

Wilson is facing two counts of robbery, two counts of abduction, and one count of assault and battery.

He is being held at the regional jail pending a bond hearing on June 30.

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