Gunman tried to rob motels

AMARILLO, TX 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.

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