By Camaron Abundes
ODESSA- Instead of the front desk operator, at the Quality Inn & Suites, the Odessa Police Department Swat Team made all the wake-up calls, this morning warning guests a suspected bank robber, known to be armed and dangerous was barricaded inside a room there.
"About six o'clock this morning, we got a beat on the door," said Glen Verdin who was staying in the hotel,"So we grabbed all of our stuff and he escorted us. He said 'ya'll stay low to the ground,' so we were on our hands and knees crawling out like we was in the army."
Police spotted a Cadillac belonging to 39 year-old Richard Randall, who was accused of knocking off a bank in Charlotte, North Carolina and another in Portland, Texas just two days ago. When they learned he was the man inside they evacuated forty to fifty guests. They used tear gas and the help of a police dog to take Randall into custody, before turning him over to U.S. Marshals.
"It got interesting when we were all in this convention room and they got everybody out, they shot the window out with a pepper gun or pepper gas. We could hear that, we were right there," said Verdin.
According to a Phill Maxwell, a U.S. Marshal, Randall will likely be shipped back to North Carolina to face charges of Armed Robbery.