Violent hotel robbery leaves employee injured

Saanich police say a "brazen robbery" happen at 4 a.m. Thursday at the Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites on Elk Lake Drive.

Two masked men entered the hotel, and lept over the front counter to where a lone employee was working.

The pair then forced the employee into a backroom and restrained him, causing unspecified injuries.

They then took what's described as a "substantial amount of cash" and left the employee restrained when they fled.

 At that point an alert hotel guest heard the calls for help and came to the worker's aid.

Saanich police have released a video of the suspects in the hopes someone will know who they are. Anyone with information is asked to call Saanich Police (250-475-4356).

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