Would-be robbers stopped by crowd
September 28, 2009 @ 11:10 PM
DAVID E. MALLOY
ASHLAND -- A group of adults captured and detained one of three people wearing Halloween masks and suspected of trying to rob the Colonial Inn at 1835 Winchester Ave. on Sunday night, according to Ashland police.
Two men and a woman wearing masks entered the motel office about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, according to an Ashland Police Department press release. One of the men showed a handgun and demanded money, according to the release.
A child left the office and alerted adults in the motel. A group of adults then ran toward the office, causing the suspects to run, according to the release. The crowd gave chase, catching and detaining the woman until police arrived. The two men fled in a nearby vehicle, according to the release.
The woman's name isn't being released until her identity is confirmed, said Maj. David Slone of the Ashland Police Department.
"We're still trying to confirm her identity," he said Monday morning. "She is an adult. She says she is from Parkersburg, W.Va."
The woman was taken to the Boyd County Detention Center, Slone said. She is charged with robbery, he said.
No money was taken, Slone said.
The investigation was ongoing, according to the release prepared by Lt. William Hensley