Motel Robbery Foiled By Ukiah Police; Investigators Discover Perp’s Weapon of Choice was Scissors

The following is a press released issued by the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Marcus Anthony Meloy [Picture from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs]

On 3/4/2021 at approximately 2058 hours, UPD officers were dispatched to a robbery in  progress at the front desk of Motel 6 (south). Officers were advised a male subject had  entered the front lobby of the motel and demanded money from an employee while  wielding a knife.  

Officers arrived within moments and parked their patrol vehicles outside the lobby of the  motel. Officers observed a male subject (later identified as Marcus Anthony Meloy)  standing in the lobby with what appeared to be a knife in his hand. Officers drew their  department issued pistols and pointed them at Meloy through the window of the building.  Meloy immediately threw the sharp object on the ground and placed his hands above his  head. Officers ordered Meloy to exit the lobby. Meloy exited the lobby and was taken  into custody.  

Meloy was questioned about his actions and he admitted that he was attempting to rob the  motel clerk for money. Officers located the object Meloy had in his hand and found that  it was a pair of scissors.  

Officers contacted the motel clerk who was unharmed. The motel clerk advised Meloy  had entered the front lobby of the motel and brandished what she believed was a knife  while demanding money. The motel clerk advised she was able to escape to a back room  and telephone law enforcement without giving in to Meloy’s demands. 

Meloy was placed under arrest for attempted robbery and violation of his felony probation. Meloy was booked at the Mendocino County Jail and is being held on a  $75,000.00 bail.  

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