Surveillance videos help police track down robbery suspect
DECATUR, Feb 15, 2013 (Herald & Review - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Police arrested 32-year-old Travis B. Holman on Tuesday at a northside motel for allegedly robbing a Subway restaurant, after surveillance video from the restaurant, the motel and a McDonald's restaurant implicated him in the crime.
Two female motel employees also were arrested on charges of obstructing justice for allegedly helping Holman to hide the clothes he wore during the robbery.
About 8:30 p.m. Sunday, police were sent to the Subway, 145 E. Pershing Road, after a 17-year-old male employee reported he had been robbed.
The employee said the suspect handed him a note that said something like, "keep calm, give me the money, if you look at my face I will shoot you," according to an affidavit by Decatur police detective Adam Jahraus.
The suspect appeared to be pointing something at the employee from inside his sweatshirt pocket. The employee handed him money from the cash register and watched him run north, toward the McDonald's at Pershing and Water Street.
The Subway surveillance video showed a white male with facial hair around his chin, wearing an oversized gray hooded sweatshirt with black strings, blue jeans, brown shoes and black gloves.
Jahraus also watched video from McDonald's, which showed the suspect running north alongside the west side of the building.
The police then received information that Holman was living in room 304 at the Country Hearth Inn, a short distance north of McDonald's. The motel's owner confirmed that Holman was living there.
High-quality video from the motel showed Holman, dressed in the same clothes as the Subway suspect, leaving the motel at 8:11 p.m. Sunday and returning at 8:32 p.m.
When Holman was arrested, he admitted committing the robbery and said he used the money to buy crack cocaine, police said. He said he did not have a weapon during the robbery.
Motel video surveillance tape shows a 31-year-old female motel employee entering Holman's room 24 minutes after the robbery. She then exits, carrying his sweatshirt and shoes to her room, 306.
A short time later, the employee is at the front desk, talking with a 37-year-old female employee and a juvenile. The youngster then walks to 306, receives the sweatshirt and shoes from someone in the room and places the items in a hall closet.
Holman and the two motel employees were booked into the Macon County Jail. Holman is being held on $100,000 bond. The 31-year-old woman is being held on $5,000 bond. They are due in circuit court Tuesday for their arraignments.
The 37-year-old posted bond and was released. Her arraignment is March 15.
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