Surveillance video shows N. Charleston hotel robbery

Surveillance video shows hotel robbery
Ekpunobi and Jackson (Source: CCDC)
Ekpunobi and Jackson (Source: CCDC)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Surveillance video released Thursday shows one of two suspects from a hotel armed robbery police say was an inside job.

North Charleston Police Department investigators charged 23-year-old Marissa Jackson, an employee of the Clarion Hotel, and 22-year-old Joshua Ekpunobi, with armed robbery.

Ekpunobi has also been charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Investigators say Jackson drove Ekpunobi to the hotel in the 3600 block of Dorchester Road just before 3 a.m. Tuesday.

According to an incident report, the suspect then went to the hotel's front desk and said to the clerk, "Just chill mom give me the money and safe."  The suspect grabbed the clerk's cell phone and went to the back to steal the safe.

The suspect was unable to lift it, so he loaded it onto a bellman's cart and wheeled it out the front door, the report states.

A report also states investigators found the safe in Ekpunobi's closet after executing a search warrant at his Appian Way apartment around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Both suspects are being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.

During a bond hearing on Thursdsay, a judge granted Ekpunobi a $150,000 bond and set Jackson's bond at $100,000.

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