Man robbed at gunpoint at Thomasville hotel

Three face charges
Aug. 06, 2013 @ 12:56 PM

Thomasville Police Department charged three people in connection to an armed robbery at a local hotel.
Chelsea Taylor Hall, 19, of Lacy Hepler Road, and Aamir Ali Ahmed, 23, of Lillie Drive in Lexington, were arrested at 2:54 a,m. on Tuesday morning by the Davidson County Sheriff's Office and served warrants for their alleged roles in an armed robbery at Hospitality Studios on July 27. Warrants were served on Ahmed for conspiracy to commit robbery, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and robbery with a dangerous weapon, and Hall for conspiracy to commit robbery.
"The DCSO received a citizen's tip on the location of the two individuals," said Detective Brad Saintsing. "The sheriff's office went to the location and were able to take the two suspects into custody without incident."
TPD had been looking for Ahmed and Hall since Aug. 2 following the arrest of a third suspect, Phillip Westley Lones, 26, of Riverview Road in Lexington. Lones also was taken into custody by DCSO and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.
According to a press release, the victim, Ronald Everette, reported two men entered his room at Hospitality Studios, one brandishing a hand gun, and robbed him of an undisclosed amount of money and medications. Everette told police one of the men struck him several times in the head with the gun. The victim was transported to Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center where he was treated and released.
"They were all acquaintances," Saintsing said. "They all knew each other. They had met each other before. Robbery was the motive but there is not an indication that any type of altercation led to this."
Hall and Ahmed were issued $75,000 secured bonds and placed in the Davidson County Jail. Lones was issued a $100,000 secured bond. All three are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 28.   

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