Police say couple tried to rob man at Culpeper hotel

Posted at 4:24 PM, Apr 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-20 16:30:20-04

Anthony Wayne Tyler and Yvonna Hackley are accused of attempted robbery at a Culpeper hotel. (Source: Culpeper Police)

CULPEPER, Va. (WTVR) – Police in Culpeper said that a couple accused of attempting to rob a man at a hotel Friday morning have been arrested.

Culper Police said a 48-year-old man staying in a room at the Sleepy Hollow Motel in the 400 block of James Madison Highway said two people dressed in dark clothing and wearing masks attempted to force their way into his room around 4 a.m.

Detective Luke Altman said the victim managed to fight off the would-be robbers and that the attackers took off across James Madison Highway.

However, within minutes of the alleged attempted robbery, Officer Richard McKnight stopped two suspects and detained them.

Police on the scene retraced the pair’s steps and recovered clothing and evidence.  Police also found a handgun during their search, but said no weapon was displayed during the incident.

Police said the alleged attackers knocked on several doors before the victim cracked his door open. Officials said they think a third person may be involved.

Additionally, Lt. Lee Rees said the attack appears to be random.

Police charged 40-year-old Yvonna Hackley with felony charges of attempted robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery and wearing a mask. She also stands charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

Forty-nine-year-old Anthony Wayne Tyler faces the same charges, along with an additional felony charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Both Hackley and Tyler live in the 400 block of East Chandler Street, but at different addresses.

Police also warned folks to be cautious answering their doors, especially if they’re not expecting company.

If you have information that could help police, call Culpeper Crime Solvers at 540-727-0300 or Detective Stewardson at 540-829-5502.