Gunman tried to rob motels

March 17, 2010 9:45:38 AM PDT
Amarillo police want to know if two failed motel robberies are because of one masked gunman who remains at large. Police on Wednesday investigated attempts to rob the Sleep Inn Airport and the Travelodge Amarillo West.

Police say a desk clerk at the Sleep Inn was on the phone around 2 a.m. Wednesday when a man wearing a black mask and toting a pistol tried to enter. Police say the inner lobby doors, which are locked at night, kept the gunman out and he left.

The Amarillo Globe-News reports the second attempted robbery, at the Travelodge, failed when the clerk saw a man wearing a black mask and carrying a pistol entering the motel.

The clerk ran to the back of the motel and locked himself in an office as the gunman fled.