A Fort Gordon soldier told authorities late Saturday than an armed man stole $5,000 from him in the parking lot of a motel near Interstate 20.
The 28-year-old soldier said he backed his Ford Mustang into a parking space at the Motel 6 at 459 Park West Drive at about 10 p.m. He said a man with gold teeth approached the car and said, “Give it up.” The soldier said he saw a gun, so he threw his money and cell phone on the ground, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.
The soldier said his assailant then punched him in the face. The soldier told the robber he could have everything, but not to shoot him. As the robber stuffed the cash in his pocket, the soldier said he ran to the motel office and told the clerk he’d been robbed.
The soldier’s cousin was a passenger in the car and corroborated the story.
A woman standing outside the hotel saw a man in a red cap approach the Mustang, pull out a gun and tell the occupants to get out. She ran inside and called 911.
Three juveniles also told deputies that they saw the robbery as they were leaving the motel. They said they saw a man with a gun yelling at the driver of the Mustang. They heard the robber yell for the soldier to throw the phone on the ground and then punch him. The juveniles said the robber picked up the money and ran away.