OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Police say a man has robbed five metro motels in the span of just five days.
The Oklahoma City Police Department has released surveillance video of several of the crimes.
Police say the man first struck at approximately 10:20 p.m. Oct. 6 at Studio 6, 4601 SW 3 Street. The man asked the clerk to make change for a $5 bill before pulling a gun and demanding money.
Two days later the man robbed the Super 8 motel near SE Grand and I-35. During the incident, he approached the clerk counter with a pistol and grocery bag.
He then went on to rob a Comfort Inn, 7601 CA Henderson Boulevard, and hours later robbed a motel in Midwest City.
On Wednesday, the man struck again. Police say the suspect entered Howard Johnson's, 400 S. Meridian, and pointed a weapon at the clerk while demanding money. The man then struck the clerk several times in the head with the pistol.
Candice Lloyd, the guest services manager at Studio 6, said the robbery was a scary situation for her employee.
"He was quite scared," Lloyd said. "The guy told him to go into the other room by the desk is like a kitchen area and told him to go in there. That's what he did then apparently the person left."
Lloyd said if this happens to an employee, she tells them to avoid as much conflict as possible.
"We just tell them to be calm, try to look for distinguished marks and what their clothing is," Lloyd said. "Give them anything they want and ask for."
After pistol-whipping an employee Wednesday night at the Howard Johnson, police said it's important to stop him soon.
"We know he's escalating because he struck somebody," Oklahoma City police Msgt. Gary Knight said. "But at this point we want to get him off the streets before he can escalate further."
Police said he's mainly hitting motels on the south side of town and one in Midwest City.
Lloyd said with colder weather approaching, they're going to be putting even more safety measures in place.
"Watch people with coats and big coats because in my experience in the past people hold guns underneath there," Lloyd said. "Just try to be careful of who they let in the door."
The suspect has been seen driving a black, four-door sedan and a light-colored minivan.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.