Hotel Guest Robbed Front Desk After Staying There for Four Days, Police Say
QUEENS — This is one way to check out.
A Queens man robbed a clerk at a Jamaica hotel where he had been staying for days, but was nabbed because he used his credit card to pay for the room, police said.
Kareem Mohammed, 22, of Ozone Park, had been a paying guest at Sleep Inn Hotel on Liberty Avenue in Jamaica for four days before robbing the clerk, police said.
On May 23, Mohammed returned to the hotel around 4 a.m., said Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann, the commanding officer of the 103rd Precinct, at a community council meeting Tuesday night.
The clerk, who recognized Mohammed was a guest, buzzed him in, police said.
Once inside, Mohammed pulled out a black pistol and said to the clerk, “give me all the big bills,” according to the criminal complaint.
The clerk handed him $635 and Mohammed fled, police said.
Mohammed used his credit card to pay for his stay at the hotel, Cappelmann said, which made it easy to track him down within hours.
He was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on robbery charges and was being held at Rikers Island on $90,000 bond or $70,000 cash bail as of Wednesday evening, according to the Department of Correction website. He is due back in court on June 18, according to court records.
Mohammed was also charged with breaking into a Jamaica home on May 19 and stealing a TV, jewelry and laptop. Police found a fingerprint at the scene and matched it with his name.
The rooms at the Jamaica Sleep Inn cost approximately $100 per night, according to the hotel website. The hotel did not return a phone call seeking comment Wednesday.
Mohammed, who had several prior arrests, including for driving without a valid driver’s license, allegedly told investigators, "I can't believe I did this to myself."