Paducah, KY – A quick-thinking hotel clerk sent a masked armed robber scrambling out of the hotel’s lobby after she snatched his firearm away and pointed it at him (video below).
The incident occurred at the Country Inn and Suites on McBride Lane just before 10 p.m. on Monday, the Paducah Police Department (PPD) said in a press release.
The masked suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Cory Phillips, burst into the hotel with a gun and demanded money from the clerk.
Security footage showed the employee as she tossed piles of cash and an empty plastic bag onto the counter in front of the attacker.
She took a step back as Phillips set his firearm on the counter and hastily stuffed the money into the bag, dropping some of the bills in the process, the video showed.
When the armed robber bent down to retrieve the lost cash, the clerk used the moment of distraction to grab the firearm off of the counter and immediately turned it on him.
Phillips ducked as he sprang towards the door of the lobby and ran outside, but he quickly turned around and charged back into the hotel.
After a brief verbal altercation, the suspect jumped over the front desk, so the armed clerk pointed the gun at him yet again, the video showed.
Phillips immediately cowered and spun away from her before he scrambled out the lobby doors for good and sped away in a dark-colored car, police said.
On Tuesday afternoon, a McCracken County Sheriff’s Deputy Dylan Cook made a traffic stop on Phillips’ vehicle after he spotted him driving without a seatbelt, according to the press release.
Phillips was acting “nervous,” so Deputy Cook began questioning him, police said.
Inside Phillips’ car, the deputy soon discovered an Apple computer that had previously been reported as stolen in a home burglary.
He also found clothing that was similar to a shirt and hat the armed robber ditched on McBride Lane after the botched hotel robbery.
Investigators determined that the gun Phillips used during the attack at the hotel had also been reported as stolen in the earlier home burglary.
Phillips was ultimately arrested on charges of receiving stolen property [firearm] and first-degree robbery, according to the PPD.
Watch security footage of the hotel clerk’s encounter with Phillips in the video below: