|By Linda Spice, Milwaukee Journal
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Jul. 9, 2008 - A Kenosha hotel clerk suffered facial and head injuries after being struck with a gun during an armed robbery at the Best Western Hotel that came within minutes of a similar robbery at a hotel in Mount Pleasant.
Police this morning say investigators in both departments will be comparing similarities in their cases and looking back at any possible connection to at least 10 hotel robberies that have occurred in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Racine counties since early February.
The Best Western, 7220 122nd Ave., was robbed about 3:10 a.m. when two robbers entered and one displayed a black handgun, demanding cash. The robbers obtained money from a cash drawer but when the clerk was unable to open the safe, he was struck two to three times in the head with the gun, according to Kenosha Sgt. Hugh Rafferty.
The victim, 27-year-old Kenosha man, suffered a bruise to his forehead and a laceration to the top of his head that required one staple at a hospital, Rafferty said.
The robbers fled in a dark-colored vehicle.
The first suspect was described as a black male in his mid-20s, about 5-feet-7-inches with an athletic build and wearing a white T-shirt, dark shorts and white gym shoes. He displayed the handgun.
The second suspect was a light-skin black male or Hispanic with a similar build in his early 20s, according to police. He wore a long, gray T-shirt, dark shorts and wore a white shirt as a mask.
Police in Mount Pleasant gathered a similar description of suspects that held up the Holiday Inn Express, 1339 Hospitality Court, about 2:50 a.m. today.
In that case, both suspects displayed handguns, according to Sgt. Brian Smith. One of the robbers fired one shot during the robbery, but no one was hurt. The clerk there was forced to empty the register and was then tied up, according to police.
Smith said the same hotel was robbed on April 6, at which time the department had started to work with Milwaukee on a string of robberies occurring within the southeastern region.
There were no earlier reports of any injuries.
"What concerns me now is we had the suspect crank a round off," Smith said. "Once they start shooting it gets more serious."
Anyone with any information may call the Mount Pleasant Police Department Detective Bureau at (262) 884-0454, or Kenosha police at (262) 605-5203, or the local Crime Stoppers hotline, (262) 656-7333.
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