3 charged in robbery of hotel


Howard County police arrested and charged three men Wednesday in the robbery of a Jessup hotel in which a sawed-off rifle was used.

Police said that Terrance Eugene Davis, 20, of Pitts Place in Washington, Joe Vincent Smith, 21, of Eighth Street in Washington and Jonathan James Loston, 31, of Mandan Road in Greenbelt have been charged in the theft of an undisclosed amount of money from the Holiday Inn at U.S. 1 and Route 175 shortly after midnight.

After a hotel employee reported the theft, a patrol officer noticed a "suspicious" 2002 silver Dodge Stratus leaving the hotel, stopped it and recovered a rifle and cash, police said.

Authorities from Howard and Prince George's counties and Laurel also have linked Davis and Smith to two incidents July 4 - the attempted armed robbery of a hotel in Laurel and the armed robbery of a 7-Eleven store in Beltsville, Howard police said.

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