Bad news was waiting at the door of a South Broadway hotel when a 51-year-old man answered the knock at about 7 a.m. Monday, police said.
He had been entertaining a young woman all night, Lt. Steve Kenney said, but she was apparently not the target of the armed man who pushed his way inside the room at the Imperial Hotel, 2140 S. Broadway. The man was pistol-whipped about 10 times in the head and face and knocked out.
When he regained consciousness, he discovered his wallet — containing $1,300 in cash — and other personal property was missing. The woman was, too.
The victim was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis for treatment and then released.
The man’s attacker is a black man in his 30s who is about 5-feet-9, he told police. The suspect has a light complexion and a medium build. He was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.
The woman who had been with the victim is a black female in her 20s, about 5-feet-5 and 130 pounds. She is missing an upper front tooth.