Man brandishing gun robs hotel
by Staff Report
Nov 23, 2012 | 1420 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A State Route 20 hotel was robbed Wednesday night after a man with a gun demanded cash.

According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report, an employee of Hampton Inn said she was approached by a black male about 10 p.m. who asked for change for $1. When the woman opened the register, the man brandished a black handgun and told her to give him the drawer or he would “blow her [expletive] brains out.”

The woman said she handed him the drawer and he took the cash before leaving.

The deputy said the video showed the man enter the building wearing a light blue sweatshirt and dark pants. He was shown walking up to the counter and handing the employee an item. When the cash drawer opened, the man reached for an item on his right hip. The video showed the man take the cash with his left hand, which was covered with a white glove.

A search of the area did not locate the suspect.

Emerson residence damaged in fire

A blaze late Wednesday damaged an Emerson residence.

According to Bartow County Fire Department, the fire began in a back bedroom of the Old Alabama Road residence just after 11 p.m. The origin appeared to be a mattress, although the exact cause remains unknown.

Stations 1, 4 and 6 responded to the call, containing the fire to the bedroom and a small portion of the attic above.

No one was injured, and the damages totaled about $10,000.

BCFD also worked a car fire Thursday on Interstate 75 southbound at mile marker 286.

Emerson police are handling the investigation.

No cause was determined and the vehicle was a total loss.