A gunman robbed a motel customer early today as the customer was buying food from a vending machine in the lobby.
The holdup occurred about 2 a.m. at the Days Inn near Interstate 435 and 87th Street in Kansas City. Police said a man went to the vending area and was approached by a second man who asked for a cigarette. The first man said he didn't have one. Then the second man pulled a gun, pointed it to the victim's head and demanded cash.
The victim gave his wallet to the gunman, who fled in a gold-colored Dodge Intrepid with two other suspects.
Police said the motel clerk was apparently not at the counter when the robbery occurred. Another employee saw the robbers flee.
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