Winchester man charged with hotel robbery

Published 10:29 am Friday, August 10, 2018

A Winchester man is facing multiple charges after allegedly robbing a hotel early Thursday morning.

Ronald Wood, 52, of 16 Maryland Ave., was charged with first-degree robbery by sheriff’s deputies and third-degree criminal trespassing and alcohol intoxication by Winchester Police.

According to the incident report, deputies were called to the Comfort Inn at 5250 Revilo Road at 3:45 a.m. Thursday.

An employee, Aliester White, said a white male entered the lobby and asked him to remove the cash drawer and place it on the counter. The suspect threatened to harm the employee if he did not comply.

The suspect took small bills and told White to go to the opposite corner out of view and wait three minutes. The suspect then fled.

When White looked, the suspect was gone and he called for help

The suspect had a black shirt wrapped around one hand as if there was a weapon, White said.

At 4:29 a.m., WPD officers responded to a report of a person causing problems. The suspect, identified as Ronald Wood, was intoxicated but also matched the description of the suspect from the robbery.

Officers recovered $35 in small bills and learned Wood hired a taxi to take him from his residence to the hotel about an hour earlier then to Speedway, Waffle House and home.

Wood was arrested by Winchester Police and lodged in the Clark County Detention Center.

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