Charges filed in hotel robberies

A Fayette County man is facing charges for two robberies of Clark County hotels, days after he was arrested in Lexington for a similar crime.

Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said Monday afternoon his office obtained a warrant for 30-year-old Sidney Paul Williams Jr. charging him with two counts of first-degree robbery. Williams is charged with robbing the Comfort Inn on Revilo Road Sunday afternoon as well as the Best Value Inn July 27.

Perdue said Williams was arrested by Lexington Police Sunday evening. Williams reportedly admitted committing the Clark County offenses to a detective Monday.

“He’s given a confession of all he’s done and it’s drug related,” Perdue said. “He’s feeding a habit.”

According to the incident report, Williams entered the Comfort Inn around 1 p.m. Sunday and told several people in the lobby to get against the wall. Williams then hopped over the counter and demanded money from the clerk. When she refused, Perdue said there was a brief scuffle behind the counter.

“He pushed her away, opened the drawer and got all the money he could,” Perdue said. Williams left with about $120, he said.

On July 27, Williams allegedly entered the Best Value Inn, hopped over the counter and attempted to take money as well, Perdue said, but nothing was taken.

Lexington Police also charged Williams with first-degree robbery for the Aug. 3 robbery of Country Inn and Suites on Buena Vista Road in Lexington.

He is also believed to have been involved in three other hotel robberies since July 27, according to a press release by the Lexington Police Department.