A clerk at a Casper hotel used a gun she kept in her lunchbox to foil a robbery attempt this morning, police said.
The clerk pulled out the gun after two men with covered faces approached her and said they were going to rob the hotel. The would-be robbers ran from the building and remain at large, said Sgt. Deahn Amend.
No shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.
The men entered the Quality Inn on Poplar Street shortly before 1 a.m. Friday and spoke with a woman working at the front desk.
“This is no joke,” one of them said. “This is a hold up.”
The woman did not see either suspect brandish a weapon. But one of the men did make a gun gesture with his right hand, Amend said. The clerk responded by pulling a gun, which police did not identify, from her lunchbox.
The failed heist occurred three days after a pair of men with bandannas over their faces robbed a hotel in Laramie. The men in that case made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and have not been captured.
Police in Casper planned to contact authorities in Laramie to determine whether there the two crimes were connected, Amend said.
Last month, a customer at a Casper nail salon scared away a gunman with a pistol she kept in her purse. The gunman had reached for his weapon in his coat after a worker turned down his offer to buy some diamonds.
The customer was getting her nails done at the time of the incident.