GPD: Planned date turns into robbery

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The Hampton Inn was the scene of a robbery on March 23, Guilderland Police say.

GUILDERLAND — Two Buffalonians — a man and a woman — were arrested after, police say, they held up a local man who had arranged to meet the woman, whom he’d found on a dating website, at the Hampton Inn.

The Guilderland Police got a call from the victim at about 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, after he left the hotel room at 1442 Western Ave. 

“When the victim entered the hotel room there was another male in the room with the female who displayed what appeared to be a handgun towards the victim and demanded money,” said a release from the Guilderland Police.

The victim turned over the money using a payment app then left the room and called police.

Police evacuated the adjacent rooms with the help of Hampton Inn staff and the suspects were then called out of the room and taken into custody without incident, the release said.

A search of the room uncovered a “less lethal self defense pistol,” the release said.

Kristina A. Eaves, 22, was charged with first-degree robbery and petty larceny while Lawrence R. Colbert, 26, was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree menacing, and petit larceny.

Both were arraigned in Guilderland Town Court by Judge Margaret C. Tabak. Colbert was remanded without bail, and Eaves had bail set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

The University at Albany uptown campus is near the inn and Guilderland Police thanked the university police for help with the call.

Another recent robbery on Route 20 in Guilderland, at 1700 Western Ave., also involved online dating.  A Guilderland man using a dating app was identified as a target for robbery through the app, according to Guilderland Police, who charged three suspects from Troy with armed robbery.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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