Police look for suspect who lost shorts in Durham robbery

From staff reportsJune 10, 2014 

— Police are looking for a man suspected of losing his shorts while robbing Homewood Suites on Central Park Drive on June 7.

A man entered the hotel lobby at about 1 a.m. that day and asked to use the phone, according to police. After using the phone, the man tried to jump over the front counter, but an employee pushed him back, police report.

The man then managed to jump over a half-height door to get behind the counter, though only after the employee pushed him back several times, according to police. The man then took money and fled the building, according to police.

It is unclear from police reports how the man may have lost his shorts during the incident. An employee of the hotel, who declined to give his name, said the shorts came off during the struggle between the employee and the suspect.

The suspect did not appear to have any weapon in his possession, according to police.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 30s, standing between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-10, with a medium build, police said in a written statement. He was wearing a striped shirt and black shorts, according to police. Not other distinguishing characteristics such as facial hair, hairstyle or tattoos was provided by police.

The Durham Police Department asks anyone with information on the case to call Investigator J.S. Smith at 919-560-4415, ext. 29312, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves, according to police.

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