Po­lice: Man pulled gun on mo­tel guest, tried to rob him

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A guest at an Al­len­town mo­tel was tak­ing out his trash two weeks ago when an­other mo­tel guest pulled a gun on him and tried to rob him, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Cor­nelius Free­man, 36, who lived at the Royal Mo­tel, 902 E. Con­gress St., was charged with sim­ple as­sault and crim­i­nal at­tempt to com­mit rob­bery. He was ar­raigned by Dis­trict Judge Karen Devine and held un­der $25,000 bail.

Al­len­town po­lice say they were at the Royal Mo­tel on Satur­day on an­other mat­ter when they learned of a rob­bery at­tempt that hap­pened on Sept. 17, court records say.

The guest told po­lice he was tak­ing trash from his room to the mo­tel’s bin at 11:30 p.m. that night when Free­man ap­proached him and de­manded money, court records say. The guest said he didn’t have any money, so Free­man pulled a 9 mm handgun and pointed it at him, po­lice said.

Free­man was about 10 feet from the guest as he pointed the gun, po­lice said. Free­man told him, “Next time, I will kill you,” and walked away, court records say.

— Manuel Gamiz Jr.

had en­crypted and locked the dis­trict’s com­puter data over the sum­mer.

The tech­nol­ogy di­rec­tor for The Wy­oming Area School Dis­trict tells the Cit­i­zens’ Voice news­pa­per the re­cov­ery ef­fort will only cost the dis­trict $10,000 be­cause an in­surer will cover all other costs.

The FBI en­cour­ages vic­tims to re­sist pay­ing hacker’s ex­tor­tion de­mands for the key to un­lock files.

Jones says the dis­trict fol­lowed ad­vice from con­sul­tants and a le­gal coach work­ing for their in­sur­ance com­pany after he dis­cov­ered the ran­somware at­tack July 18.

He says the dis­trict re­ceived codes from the hacker and then be­gan un­lock­ing and re­cov­er­ing most of its data in early Au­gust. It’s still re­cov­er­ing some data.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

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