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MIDVALE -- Midvale police are searching for a man who robbed a motel at gunpoint early Thursday morning.

The incident follows a recent string of robberies in Utah County. Authorities say they aren't ruling out the possibility all the robberies are connected.

The robbery happened overnight at a La Quinta Inn near 7200 South and Catalpa Road. People in the hotel say a man wearing a red bandanna and dark clothing came in with a handgun.

The suspect robbed a guest in the lobby then demanded money from the clerk at the front desk.

At first, police believed the suspect fled in a black truck, but after investigating they determined it was just someone in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"[It] matched the description, just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. And unfortunately, the suspect is still outstanding at this time," said Midvale police Sgt. Gregg Olsen.

Police say the suspect most likely fled on foot, heading eastbound from the motel, and made off with a little under $100. There is surveillance video, but it's grainy and doesn't give a clear look at the suspect.

Midvale police say they are working with other agencies to determine if this crime is connected to the three robberies earlier this week.

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