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Man robs Northwest DC hotel at gunpoint

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A D.C. hotel was robbed at gunpoint during a busy afternoon with guests checking in.

Staffers at the Comfort Inn at Thomas Circle on 13th Street in Northwest D.C. say this was far from a random hit. It seems the robber has been casing the place for some time and actually knew when to strike.

At around 5 p.m. on July 3, an adult male suspect walked into hotel and pulled out a gun at the counter, then jumped over to grab a handful of cash in the manager’s room with guests walking through the lobby.

“I was just completely shocked, never seen it before here,” said Greg Jean-Baptist, who runs transportation services for hotel guests.

He drove up within seconds after the guy ran off with mounds of cash passing a number of businesses.

“There's a BP [gas station] up the street, there are banks across [the street], but he decided to go in Comfort Inn,” said Jean-Baptist. “It’s just shocking. I hope he never comes back again. I hope we catch him.”

The clerk was not hurt and neither were any guests.

Staffers say the suspect may have known the right time to rob the place because he has been hanging around in the lobby store buying small items over the past few weeks.

It is a crime not surprising to workers in the area who are always watching their back, especially on their job.

“It's really unbelievable, especially around the holidays where you’re seeing crime happen in broad daylight,” said Max Peker, an area worker. “You saw a few robberies happen and shootings on the 4th of July.”

Hotel management is praising the worker on not fighting back. Police are hoping since this crime happened at a busy time, someone likely saw him and may even know who he is.


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