Gunman robs man at motel lobby vending machine

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.

Anyone with information should call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477.)