EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMOTEL ROBBERY
from Eyewitness News Online
Man Accused Of Robbing Red Roof Inn Behind Bars
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Reported: May. 12, 2012 12:54 PM EDT
Updated: May. 12, 2012 6:49 PM EDT
Kanawha City , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A man walked into the Red Roof Inn on Saturday morning in Kanawha City, wanting more than just a place to rest his head for the night.
Police say 20-year old Joseph McKinney wanted some cash.
McKinney allegedly walked into the lobby around 2:30 a.m. with a white shirt tired around his face. Police say he told the employee behind the desk that he had a gun and a knife. But instead of pulling out one of those weapons, he whipped out a can of mace and demanded money.
Police are calling it a crime of opportunity.
Brothers Harold and Charlie McGowan are from California. They're in town to see Charlie's daughter graduate college and stayed at the Red Roof Inn Friday night.
They say these crimes are common where they are from.
"Out there, if eight people don't get robbed, they took a day off or something," said Charlie McGowan.
But they're shocked it would happen on their first night visiting West Virginia.
"You would never think it would happen but it happens," said Harold McGowan.
Police say McKinney got away with they money, but he didn't get far. Police and K9 Units tracked him down at a storage building on 58th Street where he was allegedly hiding out.
This is the second robbery Charleston has seen in less than a week. Last Sunday, a man walked into Gino's Restaurant with a gun and got away with some cash. That robber hasn't been caught.
Police say most of the robberies are fueled by drugs.
"That's what they do. They steal, rob, scam and take advantage of every day people," said Chief of Detectives, Lt. Steve Cooper.
Crimes that the McGowan brothers say keep you aware. "That's what the world is coming to and sometime you just have to deal with it and prepare," said Harold.
Eyewitness News talked to a few Red Roof Inn employees Saturday afternoon and they say they still feel safe working there. They say robberies don't happen there, so it really is a shock.
McKinney is charged with first degree robbery.
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