Columbia Police officers responded to an armed robbery at 4:24 a.m. today at America's Best Value Motel on Providence Road.
According to the Columbia Police Department's news release, the suspect knocked on the locked door and was let in by the clerk. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money as soon as he was let in. The clerk ran away from the suspect and escaped out a side door to hide in a different area.
The suspect did not get any money but took a laptop computer.