Early Sunday morning Key West police caught a suspected robber who only hours reportedly earlier beat up a Navy man and used his credit card to rent a hotel room and pay for female escorts.
The victim said he was beaten up and robbed downtown in the early morning hours. He told Key West Police Office Robert Winterbottom the robber took his t-shirt, shoes, credit card, military identification card, necklace and bracelet.
Then, police found out the manís credit card was being used at a North Roosevelt Boulevard motel. The clerk directed them to the room rented with the stolen credit card. There, they found a man with two women who said they were escorts. They pointed out a credit card on a bureau they said a man named Eric Sanchez had used to charge their services. It belonged to the robbery victim. They said Sanchez was in the room when police knocked on the door.
The rear patio door was open and a deep footprint was in the sand below. Officers quickly found Sanchez, 26, of Lakewood, Colo., hiding in the mangroves behind the motel. Sanchez reportedly had the victimís ID card and the bracelet was found when he was booked into the county jail. A bloody shirt reportedly was in the motel room bathroom and the victimís cell phone was on the roof just above the room. The victimís shoes were in the other manís car, along with some marijuana.
Sanchez was arrested for strong arm robbery, grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. The other man, Derek Trouter, 25, of Big Pine Key, was arrested for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.