Hotel Clerk Remains in Critical Condition After Stabbing - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

01/26/05

Hotel Clerk Remains in Critical Condition After Stabbing

The victim is rushed away. The victim is rushed away.

A hotel clerk remains in critical condition after a robber stabbed her early this morning. The attack happened at the Holiday Inn on Abercorn Street near Eisenhower Drive. Fifty-three-year-old Gene Solomon was night clerk on duty last night, a job she had for about 15 years.

She was inside the lobby when someone attacked her and took the hotel's money.

Police are running down leads, trying to find out who stabbed her. They found her lying in the back parking lot around 4am this morning. The robber stabbed her several times, left the knife in her back then took off with an unknown amount of cash.

Police questioned some of the hotel guests and several members of the staff. They searched the area for more than six hours collecting evidence. They even brought in a K-9 team, looking for something, anything that could lead them to the attacker.

"Hopefully we'll have an early conclusion to this case," said Capt. Bob Merriman with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

The Holiday Inn was about half full last night, but many of the people staying here had no idea what happened until they woke up this morning and saw police searching the hotel.

"I'd say it's upsetting," said guest Marilan Kempink. "Glad I didn't open the door, I don't open the door to anyone."

Several of the hotel guests were anxious to leave this morning and get on with their travel plans. The hotel staff hopes police get their man and are praying their longtime colleague will recover from the early-morning tragedy. She is still in the intensive care unit at Memorial.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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