Police investgate armed robbery at Wingate Inn

Monday, November 28, 2011 | 10:47 a.m. CST; updated 10:02 p.m. CST, Monday, November 28, 2011

COLUMBIA — A hotel clerk suffered minor injuries when two men with handguns robbed the Wingate Inn late Sunday night.

A little before midnight, two men entered the inn and demanded money, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. During the robbery, one of the men hit the clerk with his handgun and knocked the victim to the floor, according to the news release. The clerk’s eye was bruised and cut.

The men fled the location after taking money, according to police. The police department’s K-9 unit helped officers look for the suspects. The major crimes unit is now investigating the case. No one has been arrested.

Columbia police detectives are investigating whether this robbery is connected to others that occurred in the last week, department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said. The most similar robbery was committed by two suspects with handguns at the Sonic Drive-In on Paris Road, she said, though the department does not know if the crimes were committed by the same people.



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