Armed robbery at La Quinta

Columbus police are searching for a male suspect involved in an armed robbery at a hotel on the city’s west side.

Columbus Police Department officers were dispatched to the La Quinta Inn & Suites, 101 Carrie Lane, a shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call that an armed robbery had just occurred.

After officers arrived, they spoke to an employee who said a man entered the hotel and demanded money, department spokesman Lt. Matt Harris said.

The employee said a handgun was displayed during the robbery, and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of currency, he said. No injuries were reported.

K-9 police dogs were brought in to try and track the suspect, but were unsuccessful, Harris said.

The suspect was described as a black male, about 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall, with a slender build. He was last seen wearing a red-and-black sweatshirt and blue jeans. He wore the hood over his head during the incident, Harris said.

Detectives are continuing their investigation of the incident.

How to help

Anyone with information about an armed robbery at La Quinta Inn & Suites, Columbus, may contact Columbus Police Department Detective Ryan Linneweber at 812-376-2624. Tips and information can be submitted anonymously.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at or (812) 379-5639.