Police seek large robber

The Charlottesville Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect from the robbery that occurred shortly before midnight last night at the Quality Inn just off Emmet Street. Surveillance footage shows a man (click on it for a larger image) whom police estimate to be about 5'4" and, as the photo would indicate, "heavy set."

Police say the man displayed a knife and fled the motel with an undisclosed amount of money. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous– and that rather than approaching the suspect, citizens with information should call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000 or or Detective Scott Godfrey at 434-970-3277.

Update: NBC29 reports that 28-year-old Demiris Lamont Wilson of Charlottesville has been arrested and charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of abduction, and one count of assault and battery. And the station also reports that Wilson is charged not only for the incident at the Quality Inn but also a separate but similar crime the same evening/morning at the Red Carpet Inn when someone, also armed with a knife, got into a physical altercation with the clerk and made off with some cash.

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