DATE: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008
TIME: 1:35 a.m.
LOCATION: La Quinta Inn and Suites, 185 Bedzel Circle, East Naples
SUMMARY: Collier County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a robbery at a hotel near the Interstate 75 toll booth in East Naples in which the robber threatened the check-in clerk with a knife.
Reports say a man wearing a white hat and a white shirt entered the hotel, which is located near the intersection of Collier and Davis boulevards, after using his hands to pry open the front-entry sliding glass doors, which were locked.
The man then came into the lobby and approached the check-in desk, where he reached over the counter and grabbed the 31-year-old female clerk by the neck.
He took out a large knife and demanded cash while holding onto the clerk’s shirt collar.
The clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the man ran out of the hotel through the front doors.
Deputies with a K-9 unit searched the large wooded area next to the hotel, but were unable to turn up a suspect.
The robber was described as white, between 35 years old and 45 years old and smelling strongly of an alcoholic beverage. He may have fled in an older model dark color car that was seen in the parking lot around the time of the robbery.