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Charges filed against two suspected of robbing Miami hotel & injuring clerk with a screwdriver

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Updated October 31 at 5:20 PM:  Formal charges have been filed in a Miami, Oklahoma robbery and assault.

Chris Cox and Emily Cox are charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, as well as grand larceny.

Officers say the two walked into the lobby of America's Best Value Inn on Wednesday morning and stole a TV.  The hotel clerk followed the robbers out of the lobby and into their vehicle, where the clerk was stabbed in the leg with a screwdriver.

The clerk was not seriously hurt.

Officials say Chris Cox and Emily Cox were arrested a short time after the crime.

 

Updated October 30 at 5:32 PM: Two arrests have been made following a Robbery and Stabbing Wednesday morning in Miami. It started when the suspects walked into the lobby of the America's Best Value Inn, and stole a television.

Authorities say a security camera caught a man and woman robbing the America's Best Value Inn and even stabbing one of it's clerks in Miami Wednesday morning. Police say the suspects walked in around 8:30 AM and stole a television from the lobby. Rakesh Bahagavan runs the Legacy Inn and Suites just across the street. He says he wasn't surprised that a crime occurred on the property, but the time it happened and what the robbers were after surprised him.
 
"It's really odd just for a television, if it were for money, it would be a different story, but just for a television? it's totally different," Bahagavan said.
 
Bahagavan says he could see police swarming the hotel from his desk.

"A few minutes later ambulances started passing by with their lights on, and the police didn't have their lights on, but they were driving so fast we knew something was wrong," he went on to say.
 
According to police, first responders were on scene to treat the hotel clerk who was stabbed in the leg with a screwdriver while trying to stop the robbers from getting away. Police say the clerk refused medical attention.
 
"Just a crime of opportunity that turned bad," said Miami Police Department's Acting Chief Thomas Anderson.
 
In discussing the case, police stressed that it's important to always try and stay out of the way as much as possible. And that in this case, getting into the suspects vehicle was not the right call.

"He tried to jump in the car with the people fleeing and was stabbed that could have turned out a lot worse. We would prefer a good description of the vehicle, and not to put himself in jeopardy," Anderson said.

Police say this appears to be an isolated incident.. And they're investigating to see if drugs were involved. Both suspects are being held at the Ottawa County Jail.

Updated October 30 at 3:10 PM:  NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE MIAMI POLICE DEPARTMENT

At approx 0834 Miami Police Dept received a call of a robbery at the Americas Best Value Inn.  Upon arrival it was learned that an unknown male subject had stolen a TV from the lobby of the hotel.  While attempting to stop the theft the clerk ran after the fleeing suspect vehicle and was stabbed in the leg by the suspect who subsequently left the scene.  Surveillance footage of the incident led Police to a suspect who has been detained for questioning.  Both Suspects are residents of Miami.

The video showed the vehicle and the suspects with enough detail to make a positive identification. 

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NOTE:  Suspects names removed from news release because charges have yet to be filed. 

  

Updated October 30 at 11:35 AM: Miami Police tells reporter Liz Holliday that the robbery occurred around 8:30 a.m. when two people walked into the America's Best Value Inn and stole a TV from the lobby.

A clerk for the hotel chased down the suspects and jumped into their vehicle to save the property. At that time the employee was stabbed in the leg, and the two suspects, a man and women, escaped the scene.

Thanks to security cameras, police say they were able to apprehend the suspects around 10:00 a.m. and they are currently in questioning.

The clerk who sustained a stab wound to his leg refused medical transport - police tell us he was not badly injured.

We'll post more information as it is confirmed.

 

Posted October 30 at 10:05 AM: The Miami Police Department confirms there was a robbery at the American Best Value Inn. Authorities say a clerk was stabbed in the leg.

 

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