A would-be thief thought he would score some easy cash when he attempted to rob a clerk in a West Virginia hotel, but he could not have been more wrong.
Austin Lodge, 24, entered the Clarksburg Sutton Inn on Emily Drive around 2 a.m. Wednesday and demanded money from the clerk, according to Clarksburg Patrol Officer Dan Ingles.
The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram reported that Lodge, who was wearing a black hoodie and jeans with sequins and earrings, covered his face and told the clerk, “Don’t make me pull my piece,” while demanding the cash.
The clerk, who was not identified, had his own idea that involved pulling his own piece — a move that sent the thug running.
Police reported that Lodge ran toward a nearby Kroger store without taking anything from the hotel.
Authorities found Lodge at a Sleep Inn where they arrested him on a first-degree robbery charge. Lodge remained in custody on a $100,000 bond, and the charge filed against him carries a minimum prison sentence of 10 years.
It was not immediately known if Lodge was actually carrying a weapon.
The clerk in this hotel showed how effective carrying a weapon can be even if it is not used. It didn’t take Lodge long to decide he did not want to mess with this clerk, who showed he was more than willing to defend himself.
Being armed saved this clerk from possible harm, and that’s why many Americans choose to carry weapons. They simply want to have the assurance that they can protect themselves and their loved ones from thugs like Lodge who think they can waltz in, demand money and get away with it.
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