Video of hotel clerk’s struggle during robbery released as cops search for thug

A video of a brazen Dec. 22 armed robbery attempt of a hotel clerk was released Wednesday by Davie police in their pursuit of the criminal.

The would-be robber of the WoodSpring Suites is described as having a medium build, between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-1, in his 20s, and he wore a black hoodie. He managed to have most of his face covered. The clerk described him as a black male.

On the video, he struts into the lobby of the hotel at 5700 Reese Rd around 4 a.m. with a silver pistol in his right hand. Spotting no one at the front counter, he slides over the counter, gun still in hand.

According to the incident report, the clerk told Davie cops he wanted the code to the safe, but she said she didn’t know that. So, he asked for the register key. As she got that, she saw a guest coming downstairs to the lobby on the security camera.

She began to fight. On the video, when the attacker comes back on screen, he’s got the clerk collared around the throat from behind. She continued to fight his control until he finally let her go and hopped back through the hole from whence he came. She pushed at him as he left with nothing.

Anyone with information on this incident can call Davie police at 954-693-8200 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or go to the Broward Crime Stoppers website.

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