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New evidence found in hotel robbery

NATCHEZ — Police have discovered new evidence in the Sunday evening robbery of three men at the Hampton Inn and are asking that witnesses step forward to help identify a suspect.

Detective Jerry Ford declined to say what the new evidence in the case is, but he said police believe there are witnesses who can help the investigation.

“I know there are some people out there that know something about this crime,” Ford said.

Police responded to the Hampton Inn, 627 S. Canal St., Sunday evening after three victims reported that two men with guns and bandannas covering their faces had robbed them.

According to a report filed at the Natchez Police Department, the two robbers told the three victims to get on the floor of the hotel meeting room and empty their pockets.

From one of the victims, they reportedly took a bag of coins and jewelry, a 9mm gun, an iPhone 4S and “thousands of dollars in cash.”

From the second victim, the robbers took $500 and an iPhone 5.

From the third victim, the masked gunmen stole $6,000 and an iPhone 4S. The robbers also reportedly took the victims’ keys before fleeing the room and leaving the building through a maintenance room door.

A jewelry and coin buyer’s road show was set up at the Hampton Inn Saturday and Sunday.

According to the report, the suspects left the scene in a gray Jeep Cherokee with an East Automotive dealership tag.

Anyone with any information about the robbery should call NPD at 601-445-5565 or Crime Stoppers at 601-442-5000.

Crime Stoppers offers a reward up to $1,000 for a tip leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. Callers can remain anonymous.