State Patrol: Motel robbery suspect was wanted in Mills County


August 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The driver of a vehicle involved in a high speed chase following a motel robbery late Thursday night, was wanted on a Mills County warrant for 1st degree theft, and is a suspect in several area burglaries. 38-year old Courtney Bennett was at the wheel of the getaway vehicle bearing Florida license plates, when it ran over stop sticks laid down by a Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s deputy. The vehicle rolled several times and hit a light pole near Crescent, at the intersection of Interstates 29 and 680 at around 12:05-a.m., Friday. A passenger in the car, Remo Bennett, was partially ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. Both men were injured, but their injuries were not life considered to be life threatening. Each faces armed robbery and felony looting charges.

The mens’ escapade began in Stuart, where a motel was robbed. Afterward, they drove to the America’s Best Value Inn near the intersection of I-80 and Highway 71 in Cass County, and allegedly robbed the motel at gunpoint, before leaving with an undetermined amount of cash. The crime was reported at around 11:40-p.m. Thursday.

Law enforcement agencies were notified and the suspects’ vehicle was discovered traveling west on I-80. As a State Trooper pursued the suspect’s vehicle, speeds reached upwards of 130-miles per hour. Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the search and apprehension of the suspects.