Liberty police say motel stabbing suspect said he was visiting prostitute

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Liberty police said a suspect stabbed a guest at the Rodeway Inn and then admitted to the crime.

Dan Hughes, 26, is charged with felonious assault and aggravated robbery.

It happened just before 1 a.m. Friday at the motel off Belmont Avenue at the Interstate 80 interchange.

Two guests said they were on their way back to their room when a man approached them. One of the victims told police that the man began slashing at him with a large folding knife, cutting his hands.

The victims said their attacker said nothing during this time and didn’t take anything, according to a police report.

Police said while they were on the scene, they noticed a man — Hughes — sitting on the ground near where the attack happened. An officer asked Hughes if he was involved in the attack, and Hughes responded, “Yes, most definitely, I am,” according to the report.

Hughes also admitted that he was there to visit a prostitute, but he didn’t know which room she was in, according to police.

Police said Hughes told them that he threw the knife he used in the stabbing in the parking lot and that he lost one of his shoes, which had blood on it. The shoe was found about 10 feet away in the parking lot, according to the report.

Police said they found the pocket knife in the parking lot of the Metroplex nearby.

Officers arrested Hughes and took him to the Trumbull County Jail.

He’s scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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