Police say desk clerk helped friend rob North Charleston hotel
A hotel clerk helped a friend rob her workplace, according to North Charleston police.
The Clarion Inn on Dorchester Road was held up at gunpoint early Tuesday.
Police said a clerk at the hotel, Marissa Jackson, 23, of Patriot Boulevard, drove Joshua Ekpunobi, 22, who lives with her, to the hotel to commit the crime.
Jackson was charged with armed robbery and Ekpunobi with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
According to the incident report, police responded to the inn at 3640 Dorchester Road shortly before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.A clerk said a man wearing a mask over his face came from the back up to the desk, showed a gun and demanded the money and the safe. The woman gave the man the money in the front register, and the man wheeled the safe out on a cart. The register and safe contained about $500, according to a police affidavit.
The robbery was captured on surveillance cameras, according to the affidavit. Investigators found the stolen safe inside Ekpunobiís apartment, according to the incident report.
At their bond hearing Thursday, the hotelís general manager said the robbery has hurt the hotelís business, with 15 people checking out and another 15 canceling reservations.
Magistrate Linda Lombard set Ekpunobiís bail at $150,000 and Jacksonís at $100,000.
Dave Munday contributed to this story.