Robbery victims forced to strip at East Naples hotel

Posted at 6:49 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 07:55:28-04

Collier County deputies are investigating after they said a masked gunman forced several people in a hotel room to take off their clothes while he robbed them.

It happened Sunday night at the Comfort Inn on Tollgate Boulevard in East Naples, according to a report from the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

The victims were in town to help with the grand opening of a new Texas Roadhouse restaurant. They told deputies that they were hanging out in one of their rooms at the hotel when a man wearing a ski mask forced his way in with a gun, telling everyone to get on the floor.

One of the women in the room managed to hide in the closet, and was able to send a Snapchat message to her boss to call 911.

"Someone's in the room with her," the caller told the 911 dispatcher. "They're getting robbed."

"Did she say anything about weapons, or anything else other than she was being robbed?" the dispatcher asked. 

"She said, 'we're getting robbed, call the police," the caller replied.

But the gunman found the young woman in the closet, then told everyone to take off their clothes and hand over their jewelry, cash and cell phones. He escaped before deputies arrived.

The victims told deputies that the robber was wearing a ski mask, plaid shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.

A spokesman for Texas Roadhouse told Fox 4 that the company immediately moved their employees to another hotel, and sent their head of security to stay with them. They're also being provided with counseling, and the company plans to reimburse the victims for the items that were stolen.

Anyone with information about the crime should call the Collier County Sheriff's Office at 239-252-9300, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.