Man robbed at gunpoint at Joliet Red Roof Inn: cops

Alleged victim went to motel to visit woman he met online, police said

A 55-year-old man who went to the Red Roof Inn in Joliet to visit a woman he met through a dating app was robbed at gunpoint by two men, police said.

About 11 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a robbery report at the 1750 McDonough St. Red Roof Inn and met with a man who said he had been robbed of his phone and wallet at gunpoint, said Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English.

The man said he had been struck on the head with a firearm by one of the crooks, according to English.

Officers determined the man went to the Red Roof Inn to visit a woman he met through an online dating application, English said.

“The victim went to a room, but no one had answered the door. When the victim was walking back to his vehicle, he was robbed by two male suspects,” English said.

Officers then met with Sherron Reed, 26, Joshua Kennedy, 30, and a 32-year-old woman in a room at the Red Roof Inn, English said.

“Her role in this incident is still under investigation,” English said of the woman.

Officers obtained consent to search the room and found two loaded 9 mm handguns and a loaded .22-caliber handgun, English said.

Officers searched Kennedy and found the alleged victim’s cellphone in his pocket, English said.

Reed and Kennedy were arrested on probable cause of armed robbery, aggravated battery and unlawful possession of a weapon by felon, English said.

When officers escorted Reed to a squad vehicle, he attempted to run from an officer while he was still handcuffed, English said.

“Reed struggled with the officer on the ground and attempted to bite the officer on the arm,” English said.

Reed was eventually taken to the Will County jail without further incident, he said.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News