Hotel Robber Caught

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

June 29, 2006

A suspect is in custody tonight after back-to-back hotel robberies in Albemarle County, but the victims are still shaken up over the incident.

The suspect in the two hotel robberies now faces multiple counts Thursday night. The clerk who was working at the Red Carpet Inn at the time of the robbery has since quit.

The clerk said that last night was her last night was her final night on the job.

"The desk person left, ran out and made a phone call to 911," said Christopher Tyler, the owner of the Red Carpet Inn.

That was just after 5:00 a.m. on Friday at the motel of Route 29. Police say a man held up the front desk clerk with a knife and demanded money. The owner said the crime doesn't make much sense to him.

"There's no money in hotels! Everybody deals in credit cards anymore. So, you go to the trouble of robbing a hotel and all you're going to get is vouchers from credit cards, so there was almost no money taken," said Tyler.

To police, the crime was making sense. Just hours earlier, a similar robbery happened at the Quality Inn on Emmet Street. A clerk was held up there and the robber got away with cash.

Both Albemarle County and Charlottesville Police started a joint investigation.

Within an hour of airing the Quality Inn's surveillance video on CBS19 News at Noon, police arrested Demiris Lamont Wilson, of Charlottesville.

Wilson faces numerous charges in connection with both crimes.

At the Red Carpet Inn, Tyler said they didn't suffer much of a financial loss, but that the crime is certainly disturbing.

"There was almost no money taken, although...the man did have a knife," he said. "We've been in business since 1991 and have never had a robbery."

Wilsons' bond hearing is set for Friday.


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