Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Suspect in hotel robbery confesses

February 2, 2006

The suspect in the Jan. 27 robbery of the Holiday Inn Express has confessed to the crime, police said.

The 26-year-old Leavenworth man, confessed about 2 p.m. Thursday, Chief Steve Wayman said.

"We had a pretty strong feeling of who we thought it was from the initial description," Wayman said. "This individual's name surfaced from the very start of the investigation."

In the early-morning hours of Jan. 27, a man entered the Holiday Inn Express, 120 Express Drive, threatened the clerk on duty and took money from the register. Although the suspect did not show a weapon, he claimed to have one and threatened the clerk, police said. The clerk was not injured.

Wayman said police thought the robbery was drug-related.

"We believe he robbed the hotel to support a drug habit," Wayman said.

Since the robbery, the suspect had sought drug rehabilitation treatment, Wayman said, which actually had prevented police from contacting him.

"Once we were able to get ahold of him, he was very cooperative," Wayman said.

Wayman said a report was being delivered to the Leavenworth County Attorney's Office. Meanwhile the suspect has checked into another drug treatment program. Wayman said he expected the suspect to face charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary after completion of that program.

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