Woman held in holdup at mo­tel in Hot Springs

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - GRACE BROWN

HOT SPRINGS — An Ash­down woman was ar­rested Fri­day evening on ac­cu­sa­tions that she lured a Hot Springs man to a mo­tel room where an ac­com­plice was wait­ing to rob him at gun­point, po­lice said.

Cas­san­dra Jean Traf­ford, 19, was taken into cus­tody around 5 p.m. and charged with a felony count of ag­gra­vated rob­bery, pun­ish­able by up to life in prison. She re­mained in cus­tody Mon­day with no bail set and is sched­uled to ap­pear Aug. 15 in Gar­land County District Court.

Ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit, the 28-year-old vic­tim re­ported that a woman and a man had robbed him at gun­point shortly af­ter 2:30 p.m. Fri­day while he was vis­it­ing Traf­ford at the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, 1204 Cen­tral Ave.

The vic­tim told of­fi­cers he met Traf­ford on­line. He said he went in­side the mo­tel room and was con­fronted by the man, who pointed a hand­gun at his head and or­dered him to sit on the bed and empty his pock­ets, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

The vic­tim emp­tied his pock­ets, which in­cluded his cell­phone, and the gun­man told him to leave, the af­fi­davit said. The vic­tim left and went to the Hot Springs Po­lice Depart­ment and re­ported the rob­bery.

Of­fi­cers re­sponded to the mo­tel and found Traf­ford leav­ing the room, the af­fi­davit said. The vic­tim iden­ti­fied Traf­ford as the woman who had helped to rob him, and she was taken into cus­tody.

When ques­tioned by de­tec­tives, Traf­ford ad­mit­ted to her in­volve­ment in the rob­bery, the af­fi­davit said. She stated that the gun­man goes by the name “Blue” but that she did not know his real name. She told po­lice Blue told her to get the vic­tim to the mo­tel room.

Once the vic­tim was in­side, she told po­lice, Blue robbed him at gun­point and then told him to leave. She said Blue con­cealed his face with a blue ban­dana and a black hooded sweat­shirt, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Traf­ford said she hid the vic­tim’s phone in a couch in­side the mo­tel of­fice, and de­tec­tives found it there, the af­fi­davit said. They also ob­tained a search war­rant for the mo­tel room and found a hand­gun and a ban­dana.

Traf­ford told de­tec­tives she met the vic­tim through an ad­ver­tise­ment on a web­site that the af­fi­davit said is com­monly used for pros­ti­tu­tion.

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