Man robbed at Motel 6 after calling for escort: police

Harper Ho
York Dispatch

A man was robbed at a Motel 6 after answering the door for someone he thought was an escort, according to police.

Northern York County Regional Police officers were dispatched Nov. 15 to the Motel 6 at 323 Arsenal Road in Manchester Township after the man called 911.

He told police he was waiting for an escort to meet him at the room but someone else arrived instead, the criminal complaint states.

Jordan Kellie Purnell, 22, of Baltimore, forced her way into the room, demanded the man's credit card and money, and threatened him with a revolver, police said.

Jordan Kellie Purnell

Purnell then drove him in a Mercedes Benz to a nearby Sheetz, where she allegedly forced him to withdraw $400 from an ATM. 

There were two other people, a man and a woman, sitting in the rear passenger seats, the man told police, according to charging documents.

Purnell eventually drove the man back to the motel and returned his cellphone and wallet, police said.

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Police did a forensic examination of the man's cellphone and learned that Purnell also stole $100 from his bank account through a wireless transfer on Venmo. 

Security footage from Sheetz showed the Mercedes license plates, which helped police track down Purnell. The car was registered to her in Maryland.

Police also identified Purnell using past mugshots provided by Orange Police in Connecticut and through her Facebook photos, according to court documents.

Purnell is charged with robbery — a felony — and the misdemeanors of theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault and terroristic threats.

She was arraigned Dec. 9 before District Judge James H. Morgan. Purnell is in York County Prison on $75,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 23 before District Judge Jeffrey L. Oberdorf.

— Reach Harper Ho at hho@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @howdyhoharper.

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