BRANDON — Authorities were searching the rooms of a motel Friday morning near Brandon after a man was reported to have robbed a desk clerk at knifepoint.
The robbery happened about 7:15 a.m. in the office of a Motel 6 at 9942 E Adamo Drive, Hillsborough sheriff's officials said. The man demanded money from the clerk, but it was unclear if he got anything before fleeing.
Arriving deputies were told that the man might have fled into one of the motel rooms. The motel was evacuated and a search of each room was under way before deputies determined the man actually fled behind the motel, authorities said.
The man is described as about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and medium complexion and close-cropped hair. He wore a white T-shirt, long black pants and black shoes.
The search remained ongoing Friday morning.