‘Armed’ robber wearing red onesie strikes at Hatfield hotel
PUBLISHED: 14:58 21 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:25 21 October 2013
A botched robbery at a Hatfield hotel saw a staff member struck across the face – by a would-be thief wearing a distinctive red onesie brandishing a ‘gun’.
The drama unfolded at around 5.20am this morning (Monday) at the Mercure Hotel in Roehyde Way.
A man burst into the reception area threatening staff, before lashing out at a hotel worker.
Detectives say he was armed – but believe his weapon was a toy or imitation firearm.
He escaped without stealing any cash, but left the victim with minor injuries.
Detectives have appealed for information about the attempted robbery.
Det Sgt Jason Rusbridge, investigating, said: “We have a team of detectives investigating this incident however I would like to issue an urgent appeal to anyone who saw this man wearing this distinctive red all in one suit, either before or after the offence took place.
“I’d also appeal to anyone in the Hatfield area who may know someone who owns this item of clothing and matches the description of the offender.
“If you have any information about this incident, please call police as soon as possible.”
It is believed the man escaped on a mountain bike.
He was around 6ft tall, slim and is thought to be in his 20s.
It is believed he was holding a small firearm, believed to be possibly an imitation or toy firearm.
He was seen riding the bike in the Roehyde Way area shortly after the incident took place.
Anyone with information can contact police on the non-emergency number 101.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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