Police are asking for help in locating the man who allegedly robbed two local motels early Sunday morning. The suspect, pictured above, is described as a black man with a thin build, possibly in his 20s. (Photo submitted)
Took money from Super 8 and Hampton Inn Sunday morning
Marysville police are investigating a pair of armed robberies in the city and working to determine if they were part of a larger spree Sunday.
According to the Marysville Division of Police, about 6:10 a.m. Sunday, a black man walked into the Super 8 Motel, located at 16510 Square Drive in Marysville.
The man is described as having a thin build. He was wearing a light-colored mask, dark jacket, dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and white shoes.
Witnesses said they believe the man was young, possibly in his 20s.
Once in the motel, the man showed a black pistol.
Deputy Chief Tony Brooks, of the Marysville Division of Police, said the alleged robber “spoke briefly with the clerk.”
The man demanded money before eventually going around the counter and taking the money.
“He took the money and then was out the door,” Brooks said.
The suspect left on foot and went east, according to witnesses.
Moments later, the man walked into the Hampton Inn, 16610 Square Drive.
“I believe the clerk saw him coming in the door and he ran and hid and locked himself in another room,” Brooks said.
The robber “hopped the counter and took the money,” Brooks said.
Officials said the man fled the scene on the foot though they do not know what direction he went after he left the Hampton Inn.
Investigators are not saying how much money was taken at either motel.
Officials do not know if the man had a car in the area or not.
Additionally, Brooks said, “we don’t have any information that there was anybody else.”
Based on the timing, officials believe the robber left the Super 8 motel and went directly to the Hampton Inn.
“Officers were on scene pretty quickly, so there were pretty quick incidents,” Brooks said.
He added that local robberies followed “a similar M.O. as robberies in the Columbus area yesterday.”
“We are trying to determine if they are the same suspect or an unfortunate circumstance,” Brooks said.
He said detectives are “actively working the case.”
Investigators are asking for anyone in the area “who may have seen this incident or this individual or anything that looked out of place or out of the ordinary, between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., we would appreciate a call.”
Those with information are being asked to contact the Marysville Division of Police at (937) 645-7300 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We need the information at this point, not your name,” Brooks said.