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.

Contact Joshua Wolfson at 307-266-0582 or at josh.wolfson@trib.com. Visit http://trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/wolfjammies to read his blog. Follow him on Twitter @joshwolfson.

(10) comments

Sassy
Sassy

Hip Hip Hurrah....Nice work Hotel Clerk.. I certainly hope the hotel doesn't reprimand you !

307Realist
307Realist

She'll probably get canned like that AutoZone employee out East. Although, this situation is a tad different since she actually had the gun in the business to start with. Pretty "gutsy" though.

Sassy
Sassy

Would be Crooks and Robbers in Wyoming- Take Notice!!!

If you think patrons of Nail Salons and Hotel Clerks are the only ones packing heat- Guess again....

After all this is the Equality State-- All Crooks and Robbers will be treated Equally ;)

BTW Welcome to Wyoming...

Panhead
Panhead

Armed citizens two crooks zero. Now thats what I'm talkin about. And both women ta boot. You go girls!

WyoJeff
WyoJeff

Only the idiot libs don't get it. More guns = less crime

I also heard the FBI stats say from 2005-2011 more people were killed by hammers than rifles (including assualt rifles). When are we voting to ban the tool that really kills people, the hammer?

Westriver
Westriver

This week I heard an anti-smoking advocate cite a number for the nuumber of people killed by smoking and second hand smoke. I don't recall for sure what it was, but nationwide I am sure it was over a million people per year. Rather than banning semi-automatic rifles, how about banning or at least registering cigarettes or smokers? They kill far more people than firearms.

supercalifragilistic
supercalifragilistic

I applaud the conservative thinking folks who pack heat for potential protection. Time to set the standard that in Wyoming, if you choose to hold up or rob a business? You better think twice.

notawyonative
notawyonative

Thank goodness the clerk exercised his/her right to carry a firearm. Because we know the thugs are.

Wyomingsportsman
Wyomingsportsman

Bring a gun into my business with the intention of robbing me, you won't just get shown the gun.

Big Evan Diehl
Big Evan Diehl

It's funny how CNN never talks about guns SAVING lives. You'd think they had an agenda or something.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.