Police: Would-be robbers confounded by locked door

Four men trying to hold up a Goose Creek motel at gunpoint Wednesday night were apparently thwarted by a locked door.

A clerk arriving for work at the Econo Lodge on North Goose Creek Boulevard about 11 p.m. Wednesday told police that a co-worker told him he had seen a group of men with masks outside in the parking lot, according to the incident report.

The clerk reviewed the video surveillance tape and saw the four men on the tape on the section time-stamped 10:42 p.m. While the others hung back, apparently as lookouts, one of them walked to a window by the front door and looked into the lobby. Then he dropped to his knees, pulled out a black pistol from his waistband, and crawled to the front door. He reached up and found the door locked. He stood up, still brandishing his pistol, and walked away with the three other men.

The clerk called the police, who reviewed the video and swabbed the area where the man crawled for DNA evidence.

The man who tried to open the door is described as black, between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet tall, possibly weighing 180 pounds and wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans, brown tennis shoes with white laces, black gloves and a black ski mask on the bottom half of his face.

He was followed by a white man about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 pounds, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black gloves and a half black ski mask.

The other two men were black and wearing baseball caps, gloves and masks or bandanas over the bottom half of their faces.