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Cops: Man forces way into Little Rock motel room, makes women strip; they chase him, retrieve purses

By Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published June 19, 2017 at 1:34 p.m. Updated June 20, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.


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Victims of a robbery at a west Little Rock motel told an officer that they chased and fought a gunman before getting back their stolen purses.

The Little Rock Police Department responded around 11:45 a.m. Sunday to a report of a robbery at 200 S. Shackleford Road, the listed address for Americas Best Value Inn.

The victims — a 32-year-old woman from Vinita Park, Mo., and a 26-year-old woman from St. Louis — said someone appeared at their door claiming to be a motel employee.

Both tried to peer through the room’s peep hole, but something had covered the small opening of the door, according to a police report.

They then asked who was at the door, prompting the man to reportedly answer, “Room service.”

Soon after opening the door, the robber, armed with a black semi-automatic handgun, forced his way inside.

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Citing information from the victims, an officer noted that the assailant “pulled back the slide to charge it and a live round came out and onto the floor.”

The robber ordered both to start taking their clothes off, and while they did so, the gunman grabbed the women’s purses and ran out of the room, the victims told police.

Police said the assailant got into a burgundy vehicle in the motel’s parking lot but was stopped when the victims chased after him.

One victim broke the driver’s window of his car, grabbed the gunman, pulled him out of the vehicle and began hitting him, according to the report.

Both women continued fighting the suspect until they were able to successfully retrieve their stolen purses, they told the officer.

The man was able to leave with a brown and black wallet valued at $325, about $700 in cash and various cards.

Authorities described the robber as a black man between the ages of 21 and 26 who stands about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He wore a red shirt, blue jeans and red shorts and red Nike shoes at the time.

No suspects were named, and no arrests had been made at the time of the report.

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Kharma says... June 19, 2017 at 3:15 p.m.

"One victim broke the driver’s window of his car, grabbed the gunman, pulled him out of the vehicle and began hitting him, according to the report."

Nekkid wimmin beating the robbers azz in the parking lot. Now that's funny.

Next time though wonder wimmin, if the peep hole is blocked don't open the door, if you did not order something from room service then be very suspicious, and finally always answer the door with gun in-hand and with the mental toughness to shoot to kill if necessary.

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LRDawg says... June 19, 2017 at 3:53 p.m.

Sounds like these women invited a bad "John" over. They were ok with getting naked....never thought he would leave with their purses. Room service part sounds fabricated. If he had a gun he would've shot after his window was broken

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cableguy says... June 19, 2017 at 3:54 p.m.

Seven hundred dollars cash and staying at the Best Value Inn smells like these women are either prostitutes or strippers or both.

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YoungHog says... June 19, 2017 at 4:47 p.m.

Good for these braves ladies.. "Americas Best Value Inn" is a eye sore and has been a dump for years.. Little Rock needs to shut this place DOWN

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Kharma says... June 19, 2017 at 5:50 p.m.

" ... is a eye sore and has been a dump ..."

Hmmmm, probably no room service then huh?

OK wimmin, don't answer da door for "room service" when staying at a "dump" that (most probably) doesn't have room service.

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Razrbak says... June 20, 2017 at 7:05 a.m.

Those Backpage Babes work hard for that money, Speaking of hookers, what happened to Judge Jim O'Hern from Ft. Smith and his gf/hooker that were arrested with a bag of meth in their room down the street from this dump back in December???

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YoungHog says... June 20, 2017 at 8:34 a.m.

Kharma... not sure what you are talking about.. I have driven by the place throughout the years and its A DUMP.. Stay on the sidelines..

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Kharma says... June 20, 2017 at 10:07 a.m.

Ummmm ... RIF. Clearly I was using your observation to add the point that there probably was not room service there, it being a reported dump and all that, and so the "victims" shouldn't have answered the door for "room service."

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hah406 says... June 20, 2017 at 11:19 a.m.

Guys, obviously they have room service, just not the kind with food. But you know, the john goes to the room expecting some service. Everybody knows what was going on here, but it would have been better if they had shot him.

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