Three men were arrested Sunday night after a robbery at a Deltona hotel. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesperson Gary Davidson says the first incident happened at the Hampton Inn on Sunrise Boulevard in DeBary around 7:43 p.m. Sunday. The hotel clerk called 911 and reported that a man with a white t-shirt wrapped around his face and wearing a black leather jacket pounded on the hotel counter and demanded money. The clerk said he did not see a gun, so he refused and reported the incident. The suspect left and was seen getting into a white car. Less than ten minutes later, the clerk at the Best Western Deltona Inn on Deltona Boulevard called 911 to report a hold-up. The description of the suspect was similar to the Hampton Inn case. However, the suspect fled with $135 from the Best Western.
Law enforcement officers were alerted to the incidents, and Orange City police found and stopped the suspect vehicle near Holly Avenue and Graves Avenue. The Sheriff’s Office said one of the men in the car, 48-year old Charles Johnson, “…immediately admitted that he was the one who went into both hotels to rob them.” Johnson and two other men in the car were arrested for armed robbery, attempted robbery, assault and petty theft. Johnson was also charged with a narcotics offense, as deputies say they found crack cocaine he had thrown out of the car as it was being pulled over. The Sheriff’s Office says Johnson also faces additional charges after confessing to robbing the Best Western previously in December.
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