ORANGE PARK, Fla. – One man has been arrested and three others are being sought after a man was attacked and robbed Sunday at an Orange Park motel, the Clay County Sheriff's Office said.
It happened at the Stay Suites of America on Wells Road.
Deputies said the victim was attacked by four people who left him bloodied and bruised, and stole his cash.
The victim told News4Jax on Tuesday that he was left with a broken rib and an injured back after he was repeatedly punched, kicked and struck with a chair.
According to the incident report, the victim was standing on a second-floor balcony when a woman walked up and asked to use his bathroom.
He allowed her inside the room and while she was in the bathroom, there was a knock at the door, the victim told investigators.
When he opened the door, deputies said, the victim was immediately pushed to the floor and beaten by three men and then the woman joined in.
News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said it was likely a thought-out plan.
“It was a setup, using the female first to gain access because there is a better chance you see a guy who says he needs to use the restroom and not be allowed in. With it being a female, especially an attractive female, there’s a better chance of them gaining access," Smith said.
While the victim was on the ground, the suspects took $200 from his wallet and his room key before leaving, investigators said.
“At an extended stay, maybe someone who is also staying at that particular hotel may have known that person had valuables in their room so they might have targeted them because it was known they have had a lot of cash on them or some valuable items inside," Smith said.
The victim told deputies that he recognized one of the suspects as a man who lived on the first floor of the motel.
Mitchell Inglett, 50, was arrested on a charge of home invasion, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Smith said the incident is another example as to why people should never let a strangers into their homes.
“At an extended stay, there’s an office downstairs and restrooms there. Make other suggestions other than coming into your residence," Smith said.
From what News4Jax has been able to determine, Inglett was the only person arrested in connection with the crime.
It's unclear at this point whether deputies have identified the other individuals involved.