San Augustine couple arrested in connection to robbery at Nacogdoches motel

San Augustine couple arrested in connection to robbery at Nacogdoches motel

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County law enforcement agencies have arrested a San Augustine couple in connection to an armed robbery that occurred at a motel on Northwest Stallings Drive on June 15.

Joseph Clay Hardy, 31, and Amber Nicole Hollway, 27, were both arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery. Hardy was also charged Class B misdemeanor theft between $100 and $750. No bail amounts have been set for either person.

In all, there were a total of four suspects in the robbery.

According to the arrest affidavit, officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department were dispatched to the Econo-Lodge Motel located at 2020 Northwest Stallings Drive on June 15 in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred.

When they got to the scene, they found the victim, who was sweating profusely and breathing hard. The man appeared to be distraught, and he had several cuts and scrapes that were "fresh and bleeding."

The alleged victim told the NP officers that he had just been robbed by two unknown men and two women. He said that he knew one of the women, according to the affidavit.

The man told police that he, Holloway, and another woman checked into the motel together to "'chill' and just hang out together," the affidavit stated. While they were in the room, the unknown woman kept pacing back and forth across the room and would go to the bathroom repeatedly.

According to the affidavit, the alleged victim said the woman was acting very nervous.

After Holloway told the man that the second woman was just hungry, the alleged victim gave the second woman some cash and said he would pay for some food from Burger King if she would go get it for them, the affidavit stated.

The unknown woman left the motel in the same white pickup they had arrived in, and the alleged victim stayed in the room and talked, the affidavit stated.

"He was writing some sheet music, and Holloway was on her cell phone," the affidavit stated.

When the unknown woman returned to the motel room, the alleged victim opened the door. After the woman entered the room, he was then "bum-rushed" by two men that he didn't recognize, the affidavit stated.

The men allegedly pushed the alleged victim back onto the bed. At that point, the victim tried to get up, and one of the men that he recognized as Holloway's boyfriend pointed a pistol at him and demanded to know where the money was.

According to the affidavit, the man told police that he heard someone scream, "No" and a shot was fired. The shot went above him and into the motel room's furniture.

The victim then began struggling with the man with the gun as the other male suspect grabbed the victim's wallet, which contained $350 in cash and a debit card and a cell phone from the desk, the affidavit stated. The second man also began rummaging through the motel room's other furniture as if he was looking for something else.

During the fight, the alleged victim managed to escape, and he ran out of the motel room, the affidavit stated. He fell down repeatedly as he ran toward office.

The man told police that he saw Holloway and the other woman leave in the white truck. They were followed by a white car containing the two men, the affidavit stated. Both vehicles fled the scene as he ran into the motel's office.

Further investigation revealed that Hardy and Holloway were the ones that set up the robbery, the affidavit stated.

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