Janesville police report arrest of Holiday Inn shooting suspect

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Frank Schultz
Monday, November 27, 2017

BELOITJanesville police staked out a residence in Beloit on Sunday in hopes of capturing a woman suspected of firing shots in the Janesville Holiday Inn Express. It worked.

The Janesville Police Department Street Crimes Unit obtained information that Latoya L.N. Hill was at 1243 Hackett St. and coordinated with Beloit police to capture her, according to a news release.

Police spotted Hill in a vehicle leaving the residence around 12:20 p.m. Sunday and stopped the vehicle on Shirland Avenue, just over the border in Illinois, according to the release.

The arrest occurred without incident, police said.

South Beloit police took Hill to the Winnebago County Jail, where she will be held pending extradition to Rock County.

Hill, 20, of 722 Park St., Beloit, is suspected of robbing a Canadian man Tuesday at the hotel on 3100 Wellington Drive. She is suspected of firing two bullets from a 9 mm handgun at the man around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The man had checked in and contacted Hill through a “meet me” app, thinking he was setting up a “prostitution arrangement,” police said.

Police believe Hill showed up at the man's hotel room with another person, and then Hill pulled a handgun and demanded money, which the man handed over.

At some point, an argument erupted, and Hill fired twice, missing the man, police said. No one was injured.

The person who came with Hill apparently was not aware Hill intended to rob the man and ran from the room, police said.

Hill and the man struggled over the gun, and they fell into the hallway, Sgt. Chad Pearson of the Street Crimes Unit said Sunday.

Another hotel guest then joined in and gained possession of the 9mm handgun, police have said.

Hill fled, and police recovered the gun, police said.

Hill was wanted on charges of armed robbery and first-degree attempted homicide.

No one else has been arrested in connection with the incident, but police are still investigating, and they plan to consult with the Rock County district attorney on possible charges, including a prostitution-related charge for the Canadian man, Pearson said.

Police believe Hill acted alone, Pearson said.

Police still have interviews to conduct and video to collect, and a detective was sent to Illinois on Sunday to interview Hill, Pearson said.

The vehicle Hill was in had a driver and four passengers, including one child, Pearson said.

Pearson said he heard one other person in the car was wanted on a warrant, but he had no details, as Illinois authorities handled that.

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