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Four men charged in attempted motel robbery

An attempted robbery at a motel in South Scranton was foiled by the energetic cooperation of four local police departments. Four men are now in custody and facing a variety of felony charges ranging from armed robbery to carrying a firearm without a permit.

The attempted robbery began when three men asked to be admitted to the office of an EconoLodge Motel in South Scranton. After being allowed to enter, each of the men drew a handgun. One of the men pointed his gun at the clerk and demanded that the hotel's safe be opened. The clerk did not possess the necessary key and could not open the safe. The three men then took $200 from the motel's register and left the premises.

The Scranton police department responded to a call from the motel and alerted other police departments. Officers from the Taylor police department stopped a white sedan that was carrying the suspects, who ran from the scene. The officers pursued them on foot. Eventually, officers from four departments were engaged in the chase, and the three men were arrested and taken into custody. A fourth man was later arrested at his residence. All four men were identified as suspects by the hotel clerk. Marijuana was found in the home of the fourth man, and he is expected to face drug-related charges.

The evidence in this case may appear to be overwhelming, but each of the suspects is entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until he is proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal attorney. Such a consultation can provide a helpful evaluation of the case and the applicable laws, an enumeration of potential defense strategies, and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.

Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, "Four charged in South Scranton armed holdup," Kathleen Bolus, Feb. 14, 2016

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