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Two robberies at two Valdosta hotels

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Two frightening robberies happened Sunday night at two Valdosta hotels.

People staying at the hotels were held up in their rooms. The suspects got away with cash but they didn't get far.

As 25-year old Shannon Sheffield and 26-year old Kevin McCafferty, both from Cartersville, walked into their room at the Quality Inn, police say 23-year old Gregory Pearson of Jacksonville, Florida hit Sheffield in the head with a handgun and demanded money.

"They gave him the money," said Valdosta Police Lt. Aaron Kirk. "He left the room and got into a green car."

Sheffield and McCafferty's boss was next door. As he reported the crime at the Quality Inn office, there was a similar robbery next door at the Roadway Inn.

27-year old Howie Damron, 20-year old Aimee Ellis, 29-year old John Sparks, and two young children were inside a room there.

Police say Pearson knocked on the door and asked for a cigarette. Damron gave him a cigarette and tried to close the door.

"When they turned to go back into the room, he forced his way into the room with a handgun and at that time demanded money from all of the occupants in the room," said Lt. Kirk.

Pearson and 27-year old Laquita Frazier left the scene. But witnesses were able to get the tag number of the vehicle.

A BOLO was put out and they were captured in Florida. Hamilton County authorities stopped the Chevy they were in on I-75 just south of the State of Florida Department of Agriculture Inspection Station around 11 Sunday night.

Frazier and Pearson are charged with armed robbery and are currently in the Hamilton County Jail.

Valdosta Police are now working to have the suspects extradited from Florida so they can face the charges in Valdosta.


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