Anne Arundel police said a man robbed a Red Roof Inn Saturday in Hanover after telling a hotel clerk that the room rates were just too high.

About 9 p.m. Saturday, a man entered the lobby of the Red Roof Inn in the 7300 block of Parkway Drive in Hanover and asked how much the nightly rates were. When the clerk answered, the man brandished a handgun and demanded money. The clerk gave the suspect money from a cash drawer, police said. The suspect fled on foot after finding a second cash drawer empty, police said.

The clerk was not hurt in the robbery. Officers and K-9 units searched the area afterward but did not find the suspect.

The nightly rate for a room on a Saturday in Hanover is about $75, according the Red Roof Inn's website. A representative from the Hanover Red Roof Inn did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Police described the suspect as a black man about 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin build. The man — who appeared to be in his 30s — was wearing was a gray hooded shirt, police said.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call 410-222-6155.

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