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Police: Man robs women, orders them to take off clothing at Boca Raton hotel

Posted at 10:52 AM, Oct 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-01 10:52:48-04

Officers arrested a Broward County man after he robbed and forced two women to strip in their Boca Raton hotel room, according to a police report.

Boca Raton police said Henry Mitchell held the women at gunpoint at the Boca Center Marriott on March 23, stealing their jewelry, credit cards and clothing. 

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell at the time, where he served time for grand theft and then was brought to the Palm Beach County Jail on Sept. 28 on robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment charges. 

One of the women checked into the room and invited the other over, a report states. The women say they returned from dinner and heard a knock on the door. One of them checked through the eye hole but didn’t see anyone. When someone knocked for the third time, one of the women opened the door.

Mitchell, later identified, allegedly forced his way through the door, knocking the woman to the ground.

The woman told officers in the report she screamed as Mitchell stood over her when he pulled out a small black handgun from his pants. She said he was wearing baggy pants with a mask over his face. 

Mitchell asked the women for “the cash,” ordering them to hand over their handbags and open the safe in the room. 

Then, he forced the women to take off all of their clothes and sit on the floor in the corner of the room, an officer reported.

Records show Mitchell took $200 from the women’s wallets, a purse, iPhone and jewelry. They said he told them he was taking their car keys to look for any valuables in their cars.

An officer says Mitchell threatened to kill them if they called 911. 

Investigators tracked the woman’s cellphone to an Extended Stay America Hotel in Pompano Beach later that night when they found a vehicle with a black ski mask, gloves and clothing inside registered to Wendy Gibbons, also of Broward County. Investigators say they also found a photo of Mitchell and Wendy Gibbons, a known associate of Mitchell. 

Records revealed Mitchell booked a room at the Extended Stay hotel.  So, members of the Boca Raton Police Department and the Broward Sheriff’s Office waiting until 9 a.m. when Mitchell and Gibbons walked out of the room and into the vehicle. 

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and Gibbons for grand theft. Officers say they found the women’s jewelry in their possession.

Mitchell pleaded no contest to the grand theft charge on Sept. 22 and was transferred to the Palm Beach County Jail on Sept. 28

He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bond. 

Gibbon’s case remains open in Broward County.

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