COLUMBIA — Police responded to an armed robbery at the Americas Best Value Inn early Saturday at 1718 N. Providence Road.
Shortly before 4:30 a.m., the suspect was let into the building by a clerk after knocking on a locked door, a Columbia Police Department news release said.
Once in, the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money, according to the news release. The clerk was able to escape by running out a side door and hiding, and the clerk then called police, the release said.
The suspect took a laptop computer and was gone when officers arrived at the inn.
A K-9 unit attempted to track the suspect but was unsuccessful. Columbia Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard said Saturday morning that he did not know if the building had video surveillance.
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