3 accused of assault, robbery at Perryville hotel
PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Three people are accused of an assault and robbery at a Perryville, Missouri Comfort Inn.
Joseph Marquis Lee, 18, of Kirkwood, Mo., was charged with first degree robbery and third degree assault. His bond was set at $100,000 cash only.
Markus Allen Johnson Taylor-Helms, 18, of St. Louis, Mo., was charged with first degree robbery and third degree assault. His bond was set at $100,000 cash only.
Michaela Christine Wilson, 18, of Kirkwood, Mo., was charged with first degree robbery and third degree assault. Her bond was set at $100,000 cash only.
According to Perryville police, they received a 911 call at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 16 from a desk clerk at the Comfort Inn. The clerk said she had just been robbed by two men with a handgun.
When police arrived, they talked to a witness who said he saw two men wearing hoods and standing at the front desk of the Inn. The witness said he saw the clerk hand over money and one of the suspects allegedly sprayed the clerk with what appeared to be mace.
According to the witness, the men then ran toward the parking lot next door and left in an older model car, headed toward the interstate.
The clerk told police the suspects left with approximately $228 from the Inn.
Police contacted other local law enforcement agencies with the vehicle and suspect information.
According to Perryville police, they were contacted by the Ste. Genevieve County's Sheriff's Department in regards to three people that the Missouri State Highway Patrol had stopped in Ste. Genevieve County at the 158 mile marker of northbound Interstate 55.
Police say the vehicle matched the description of the suspect vehicle. After searching it, police say a BB gun similar to a semi-automatic pistol was found under the front passenger seat, as well as a pink mace container in the vehicle.
These items were allegedly used in the robbery.
Detectives from the Perryville Police Department went to Ste. Genevieve County where they searched the vehicle and allegedly found $228 in cash, a red hoodie, a pink mace container and a black mace container.
The three people were then arrested and charged.
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