A sketch of the suspect in an armed robbery Monday at Hilton Head Island motel that left a desk clerk beaten and bound has been released today by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect was described as a black man, 22 to 27 years old, about 5-feet-6, 185 pounds, wearing a khaki- and purple-striped polo shirt and a dark-colored baseball cap with a white emblem on the front.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the crime at the Red Roof Inn on to call the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.
The clerk told deputies that at about 2 a.m. she heard a knock on the front lobby door, which is kept locked after hours. She opened the door for a man who asked to come in for a cup of coffee.
Once inside, he pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. He struck her repeatedly on the head with the gun, the release said.
He then tied her hands and feet, took the cash from the register and rummaged through the manager’s office. He soon re-emerged from the office and threatened to kill the clerk before taking her purse and laptop computer from the desk, the release said.
The suspect rode off on a bicycle in an unknown direction, according to the release.
The clerk was taken to Hilton Head Hospital, where she was treated for head and facial injuries and later released, the Sheriff’s Office said.