Robber who robbed America’s Best Value Inn in Alcoa sought
From Staff Reports
The man who robbed an Alcoa motel Friday night by threatening an employee with a knife is still at large.
Alcoa Police officers responded to America’s Best Value Inn, 2450 Alcoa Highway, at 10:45 p.m. Friday after receiving a report of an armed robbery. The employee who was working at the front desk told officers a white male entered the lobby and asked how much a room would cost. After giving the man a price quote, the man acted like he didn’t have any money.
After the employee suggested he try another inn, the man said to the employee, “Give me your money,” according to the police report.
When the employee told the man that she did not have any money, he replied, “No, the cash register.”
The man then pulled out a straight-blade, wooden-handled knife from his pocket and forced the employee to walk over to the cash register with him, holding the knife near her back the entire time.
After he received the money, the man ordered the employee to sit in a chair behind the front counter while he left. The employee said the man watched her as he left through the front door and walked toward the left side of the building and out of sight.
At that point, the employee called her manager and 911.
A witness told police he was sitting in his truck in the back parking lot when he saw a blue Ford Ranger leave the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The witness said there was a grill along with other items in the bed of the truck. He believed the truck was a model released between 1993 and 1996. He said police arrived only moments later.
Another witness told officers he was traveling on Cusick Road near Starbucks when a dark-colored truck almost hit him in the roadway. This witness said the truck turned left onto Alcoa Highway, traveling south.
Alcoa Detective Kris Sanders said police were also able to determine the right passenger tail light on the truck was out and that it was blue in color.
The employee who was approached by the suspect inside the inn described the suspect as a white male either in his late 30s or early 40s and about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was wearing a dark-colored T-shirt, blue jeans and bandana. He also had strawberry blonde hair and a scruffy beard.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sanders at 865-380-4964.