Mountain View Voice

News - April 13, 2012

Crime Brief

Armed robbery on Easter

A man armed with a handgun made off with more than $3,000 in cash from a Mountain View motel on Easter Sunday, police said.

The suspect initially acted as if he wanted to rent a room at the San Antonio Inn, located at 2650 W. El Camino Real, according to Liz Wylie, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department. He walked into the lobby of the inn April 8 at about 7 a.m. and exchanged a few words with the clerk before pointing a black semi-automatic handgun at her and demanding cash.

He looked through multiple drawers — taking an envelope with the majority of the money as well as some from the cash register — and then he fled, Wylie said. The 55-year-old clerk told police that she last saw the man heading west on El Camino. The clerk was the only witness and there is no security footage of the crime, Wylie said.

The clerk described the robber as Hispanic, about 45 years old, of medium height and heavy build, wearing a dark hat, white shirt, dark pants and dark shoes.

"We conducted a massive search but did not locate the suspect," Wylie said. "We checked other hotels in the area as well to see if they had any guests matching the description (of the man) and to tell them what happened."

There have been no other similar crimes reported recently, Wylie said.

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