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Vacationing couple assaulted in Hyannis hotel room

A vacation to the Cape turned ugly for an elderly couple from Pennsylvania when a man broke into their hotel room and robbed them at knifepoint Sunday, police said.

The couple, 77 and 78 years old, were entering their hotel room at the Americas Best Value Inn at 206 Main St. in Hyannis at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday night when a man waited for them to unlock the door, then forced them into the room and demanded money, said Barnstable Police Sergeant Sean Sweeney.

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The couple described the man as “lingering around” outside the door, which leads directly to the room from the parking lot, Sweeney said.

Once in the room, the male victim began to fight with the suspect -- whom he described as about 35 years old and 5-feet 10-inches tall, with short, dark hair. The two men fell to the ground, and the suspect, wielding a pocket knife, jumped up and demanded money from the woman, Sweeney said.

She began to remove cash from her purse when the suspect snatched the bag and ran.

No one was injured in the scuffle, Sweeney said.

Barnstable police responded Sunday night with a K-9 dog, but were unable to find the suspect. In the morning, police returned to the area, and found the woman’s purse near the hotel. The only thing missing from the purse was money, Sweeney said.

Sweeney described the investigation as “making some headway.”

Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.
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