Bungling robbers storm Holiday Inn
June 19, 2012
Two armed robbers wearing masks, hooded sweatshirts and gloves tried to rob a guest at Paso Robles’ Holiday Inn Express early Tuesday but fled before officers could respond to a flurry of 911 calls.
Brazenly entering the hotel lobby at about 1:51 a.m., one crook hoisted a shotgun, the other waved a pistol. The would-be bandits then branched off, one grabbing a guest and propelling the victim to an upper floor in order to steal valuables, police said.
At the same time, the second suspect leaped over the hotel counter seeking the desk clerk. Then, for unexplained reasons, both men bolted for the exit and escaped. No one was injured and nothing was taken.
A police search of the area following the incident “met with negative results,” said Lt. Tim Murphy in a prepared statement.
Investigators said the men were Hispanic male adults in their 20s, 5-10 to 6-0 tall, medium build and 200 pounds. The department released a pair of fuzzy surveillance photos of the suspects.