An hour after Amarillo Police Department responded to the 6 a.m. armed robbery call at the Big Texan Inn, an officer spotted a woman matching the description given at another motel on Amarillo Boulevard. She was taken into custody at the time for further investigation, and about 3 p.m. APD booked the suspect into Potter County Detention Center on a charge of aggravated robbery.
The suspect's name is Paula M. Gruber, 44. Gruber walked into the Big Texan Inn just before 6 a.m. on April 2 and walked behind the counter. When the motel employee told her to return to the other side of the counter, Gruber produced a handgun and took the money from register. Gruber then made the employee go into a closet or storage area in the office before leaving.