AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Police are searching for a man who tried to rob a guest at a Comfort Inn in Aurora on Saturday.
In a second story stairwell at the Comfort Inn at 32nd Avenue and Airport Boulevard the gunman waited for a victim at around 6:30 a.m.
According to police the man was armed with a shotgun.
After approaching a woman the suspect apparently turned out to be a polite robber.
“He approaches her with a shotgun, demands money, she tells him I don’t have any money and then he actually apologizes and then leaves the hotel,” said Sgt. Chris Amsler from the Aurora Police Department.
The gunman then traveled less than four miles away to the Spring Hill Suites on Colfax Avenue.
Some 45 minutes later he was spotted again with the shotgun inside the hotel across the street from the Anschutz Medical Campus.
“It could be someone who is homeless, it could be someone who needs money for drugs,” said Amsler.
Amsler said the gunman again left empty handed.
“Probably the reason he did this early in the morning is he thought his chances at getting caught was less likely than as if he were to do it at four in the afternoon,” said Amsler.
Police are looking for a white man anywhere from 30 to 50 years old that is six feet tall, 150 pounds, with salt and pepper hair, and a beard. He also wore a dark colored hoodie.
“Hopefully this doesn’t happen again, but if he’s that brazen to walk around a hotel looking to rob, he could do it again,” said Amsler.
The gunman was never found but police were so concerned reverse 911 calls were issued to guests telling them to stay in their rooms.
The Anschutz Medical Campus went on lockdown for less than an hour.