COLONIE — Two Schenectady County residents have been charged with robbing someone at a Colonie hotel after luring the victim there through a website, police said Monday.
Police also suspect the pair in other thefts from victims in the area following similar encounters, police said.
Khalil Q. Hankins, 25, of Schenectady, and Ava C. Maddalla, 20, of Scotia, have each been arrested on charges of second-degree robbery and other counts.
They are accused of robbing the victim Jan. 11 at about 10:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 45 British American Blvd., police said.
The victim reported to police that he had met a woman online using a website that advertises escort services and they agreed to meet in person at the hotel, police said.
“After a brief encounter with the female in the hotel room, a male suspect emerged from the hotel bathroom and began assaulting the victim,” police wrote in a release.
The woman then joined in the assault and they ultimately stole cash, a debit card and the man’s car keys, police said.
The victim locked himself in the hotel room when they left the room. They then stole his vehicle, police said.
Police recovered the vehicle at another hotel on Jan. 12.
The investigation led to Maddalla’s arrest Jan. 12 and Hankins’ arrest Friday, police said.
Hankins and Maddalla also face one count each of second-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree grand larceny, felonies, and third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, misdemeanors.
Hawkins was also charged with one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, for drugs he possessed at the time of his arrest, police said.
Hawkins was arraigned and released to probation supervision. Maddalla was arraigned and held on bail. Her status Monday was unavailable.