FIRST ON WITN: Hotel Clerk "Beaten Up" By Masked Men During Robbery

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The general manager of a Greenville hotel said one of the overnight clerks was beaten up by two men during an armed robbery.

Amatrese Woodberry-McNeil, who is the general manager of the Wingate Hotel on South Memorial Drive in Greenville, said two men robbed the hotel shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday. At least one of the men had a gun, according to both hotel management and police.

Officials noted both men were wearing masks during the robbery.

Officers said the clerk was hit on the head and taken to Vidant Medical Center to be checked out. Woodberry-McNeil said while the clerk was beat up, he is expected to recover.

The two robbers were able to steal some cash during the crime.

Police said they brought out a canine unit, attempting to track the crooks, and collected evidence at the hotel overnight.

According to the manager of the hotel, they plan to hand over security camera footage to police as the investigation continues.

None of the people staying at the hotel were involved or disturbed, according to Woodberry-McNeill.



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Greenville patrol cars grouped around the entrance to a local hotel around 3 a.m.

WITN's Carly Swain was at the scene minutes after the call came in and saw a Greenville Fire and Rescue ambulance pull up to the hotel and three Greenville patrol vehicle parked near the entrance of the WIngate on Memorial Drive.

We are awaiting for more information from investigators about this report and will update you here and on WITN News at Sunrise as we learn more.


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