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Columbia hotel robbery suspect identified

Aug 10, 2011 12:31:00 PM - thestate.com
A man wanted as a suspect in a hotel robbery earlier this month has been identifed through surveillance video in the lobby, despite the robber’s efforts to cover his face.

Columbia police are looking for Trayon Christopher Bannister, 21, charging him with armed robbery, kidnapping, first degree assault and battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

The surveillance images show a man in trousers with a white T-shirt pulled up around his face, holding a handgun and ordering a clerk around at the Towne Place Suites by Marriott hotel at 250 East Exchange Blvd., near Fort Jackson.

The man is accused of stealing money from the hotel and assaulting the female clerk, whose image police blocked out of the images before releasing them.

The robbery happened Aug. 8 just before 11 a.m. Police said forensic evidence at the scene linked Bannister with the crime.

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