Some two hours after cordoning off part of the Downtown Motor Inn on Thornton Avenue, officers with the Dalton Police Department knocked down the door of one of the rooms. They emerged minutes later, empty handed and looking disappointed.
Officers, agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, officers from the Georgia State Patrol and deputies from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, surrounded the back part of the motel shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, looking for a man who robbed a nearby Regions Bank branch minutes earlier.
A black male, approximately 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches in height, walked into the bank at about 1:30 p.m. and gave a note to a teller demanding money and indicating he was armed, Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier said.
The man fled from the bank on foot with an undetermined amount of money. Frazier said some of that money was recovered at the scene, apparently dropped by the man as he fled.
He then ran from the bank. A witness told a responding police officer a person matching the suspect’s description ran into a room at the nearby Downtown Motor Inn. Officers set up a perimeter.
They then waited on the third floor outside hall between two buildings. When they received a search warrant, they approached, unlocked and entered room 318. Officers rushed the room, but only found a confused woman who was not identified and not associated with the robbery. She was escorted off the scene as officers returned to a safe distance. After more than 20 minutes, the officers moved to room 319, using a battering ram to knock down the door. Again, they did not find the robber.
The man wore a long dark wig with a white and black hat and gray jacket and large sunglasses. He wore red Georgia Bulldogs sweatpants or pajama pants and carried a black bag or purse.
This robbery is still under investigation. Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to please contact Det. Jason Bishop at (706) 278-9085, ext. 214.
Officials with Regions Bank could not be contacted for comment.