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Same Man Suspected in a String of 8 Tacoma-area
 Hotel Front Desk Robberies
The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

Oct. 24, 2008 --A man suspected in a string of Tacoma-area hotel robberies appears to have struck again.

Investigators think the man was the one who robbed two hotels Wednesday night and one Thursday night. He was already believed responsible for four hotel robberies in Tacoma and one in Federal Way in recent weeks.

The most recent robberies were at:

--8 p.m. Thursday at Shilo Inn, 7414 S. Hosmer St. in Tacoma.

--7:22 p.m. Wednesday at Days Inn, 6802 Tacoma Mall Blvd. in Tacoma.

--8 p.m. Wednesday at Guest House Suites, 5805 Pacific Highway E. in Fife.

Investigators also believe he's responsible for robberies on:

--Sept. 26 at 11:57 p.m. at La Quinta Inn, 1425 E. 27th St. in Tacoma.

--Sept. 27 at 10:52 p.m. at Extended Stay America, 2120 S. 48th St. in Tacoma.

--Sept. 28 at 8:29 p.m. at Best Western-Tacoma Dome, 2611 E. E St. in Tacoma.

--Oct. 1 at 9:05 p.m. at Holiday Inn, 8601 S. Hosmer St. in Tacoma.

--Oct. 2 at 11:47 p.m. at Quality Inn, 1400 S. 348th St. in Federal Way.

In each case, the robber jumped over the counter and forced the clerk to give him money. In some robberies, he assaulted the clerk, police reported.

Witnesses have described the robber as black, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 8 to 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. He has black hair and has worn gloves and a black puffy jacket with fur trim during each robbery.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and charges in the case. Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

Stacey Mulick and Ian Demsky, The News Tribune

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