ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania — Quick-thinking hotel staff helped Allentown police nab a robbery suspect and make an arrest Monday night, even after the man went to great lengths to s ‘escape.
A dramatic scene unfolded on Linden Street in Allentown where police lights flashed as a man, shirtless and wet, was led to a waiting ambulance.
On the floor was cash that had apparently been stolen in a brazen robbery minutes before.
“There was no physical injury, they were a little nervous after the incident but everyone was safe, it could have been much worse,” said Americus chief executive Anthony Castelluccio.
Castelluccio says his staff are lucky to be alive after that robbery at the Americus Hotel on Hamilton Street. Police say Samuel Santiago-Delgado, 41, entered the hotel and robbed the establishment and a guest who was in the lobby.
Police described his weapon as a knife, but hotel staff believe it was a screwdriver.
“Our associates responded very quickly, they immediately called 911 and the police told us they had given an amazing description,” Castelluccio said.
This is how the police were able to spot Santiago-Delgado shortly afterwards. They say he fled and jumped off a bridge over Linden Street, landing in the Jordan Creek below.
Officers arrested Santiago-Delgado shortly thereafter. Castelluccio says staff members are happy things ended quickly.
“In a downtown environment, we have a lot of security protocols. We lock the doors at a certain time and keep things locked tight for these things to happen from time to time,” Castelluccio said.
The money was returned to the hotel. Santiago-Delgado was taken to hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and handed over to police.