• Police: Robbers rip cameras out after holding up hotel

    By: Richard Elliot


    COLLEGE PARK, Ga.,None - Police in College Park are looking for two robbers who held a hotel clerk at gunpoint and still are on the loose.

    Surveillance video captured the men in the act.

    Police told Channel 2's Richard Elliot the robbers tried to destroy the cameras after they were finished.

    Now, College Park police hope the video will help capture the robbers.

    The video shows the night manager at the Days Inn on Old National Parkway letting the two men in at about 4 a.m. Friday because they said they wanted a room for the night.

    As they started discussing how much the room would cost, the one man pulls out a silver automatic pistol and points it at the night manager, in full view of a surveillance camera.

    Then, the man with the gun hops over the front desk to finish the robbery.

    The motel's main manager was asleep upstairs when all this happened and after it was all over, he got the call from his employee.

    "She was scared, and she was not able to talk. She was just crying and crying. Shaking," the manager said, who asked not to be identified.


    The manager said the two bandits got away with only a couple of hundred dollars and the employee's purse.

    As they were leaving, they ripped the camera out of the wall. But by then it was too late. They'd been caught on video.

    "You need to be real careful when you're working late at night," Detective Lonnie Napier of the College Park Police Department said.

    Napier showed Elliot the video and thinks someone will recognize the gunman's very colorful jacket.

    "The base of color of the jacket was brown with several multi-colors. Yellow, green and possible orange, and it said limited research group on the back and front of the jacket," Napier said.

    The manager said his employee is fine and actually wants to come back to work.

    Anyone who recognizes the men is asked to call College Park police at 404-761-3131.

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