Couple stopped, then released
Two Prince Edward residents charged in midnight hotel robbery

    Two Prince Edward County residents, a man and a woman, have been arrested in connection with the Oct. 27 armed robbery of the Econo Lodge on U.S. Rt. 360 in Amelia.
    On Wednesday (Oct. 29) Prince Edward County deputies arrested Katrina F. Wardell, 34, and Kavon O. Wardell, 24, on Wednesday (Oct. 29) on Amelia warrants charging each with two counts of robbery; and one count each of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, conspiracy to commit a felony, and abduction and kidnapping.
    They were taken to Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville and held without bail. They are scheduled to be arraigned in juvenile and domestic relations court on Monday (Nov. 3).
    The arrests are the result of the investigation into an armed robbery that occurred shortly after midnight on Monday (Oct. 27). A caller reported two males, one apparently armed with a shotgun, had entered the Econo Lodge hotel. Both wore hooded sweatshirts, with one shirt black and the other gray. The suspect in the gray sweatshirt was said to have a blue surgical-type mask covering his face. As a deputy responding to the call came in through the front door, the suspects fled out a side door, on foot. Cash and a cellular telephone were taken in the robbery.
    Soon afterward, a deputy stopped a white Pontiac with two occupants, a male and female, on Old River Drive to the rear of the hotel. They were briefly questioned and then allowed to leave. Almost immediately the deputies decided it was possible the pair were involved in the robbery after all. The deputies learned from the car's license plates the Pontiac was registered to Ms. Wardell, with a Farmville post office box address.
    Over the radio, one deputy postulated the suspects may have been hiding in the car's truck, so one of the deputies sped west on Rt. 360 and onto Holly Farms Road (Rt. 307) into Prince Edward in hopes of re-apprehending the suspects. He was unsuccessful. Prince Edward deputies, and Farmville and Crewe police were alerted.
    At the same time, a tracking dog team arrived at the hotel and followed a trail south toward the now vacant Old River Cabinet plant in the county industrial park. The dog lost the trail about 300 yards from the hotel.



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