Gunman Uses Master Key to Rob Hotel Rooms, Guests

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A gunman stormed into the Quality Inn in Independence early Friday morning, took the master key from the front desk and began breaking into rooms to rob from hotel guests.

The gunman pointed his gun at the front desk clerk and demanded money. Police say the door to the lobby was unlocked at 12:40 a.m. when the armed man entered the hotel, which is located in the 4200 block of South Noland Road.

Hotel guest Joshua Goucher says that he had just fallen asleep when he awoke to find a man standing in his room, holding a gun on him.

"At first, I thought I was having a nightmare, I thought this was like one of those horror movies, and it can't be real," said Goucher, who said that the robber pointed his gun at Goucher's nephew, who was sleeping on a cot in the room. "I got up beside the bed and he said give me a of your money and all of your personal belongings and I'll get out of here and make it easy."

Goucher says that he refused, and he eventually got the suspect to leave his room. He says that he tried to call 911 and the front desk, but the phones weren't working.

He says that the incident was something he'll never forget.

"It was it was pretty wild," said Goucher. "The chances of something like this happening again are pretty slim, I hope."

It is unclear what the man took from the rooms. Police continued to investigate the scene late Friday morning.

Police have not yet made any arrests, but are looking at surveillance video to determine a description.

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