The attempted robbery and murder at the Spotswood Hotel.
--An examination was had yesterday at the City Hall, before Recorder Caskie
, into the circumstances attending the recent attempted robbery and murder of a boarder at the Spotswood Hotel
the defendant in the case is a tall, well formed, and rather intelligent looking middle aged man. He was charged on the docket with having, on the 14th of February, feloniously and violently assaulted Armon Jacobs
in the night time, at the Spotswood Hotel
, and after beating him till.
He was nigh extinct, robbing him of $1,000 in Confederate States
Treasury notes, $630 in Virginia
and North Carolina
funds, and $15 in gold.
It appeared that Moore
and Jacob scraped an acquaintance while journeying to the city from the South
On the 14th of February the cars arrived in Richmond
, and they mutually resolved to stop as the Spotswood Hotel
Prior to this Moore
had made himself acquainted with the fact that Jacob was in possession of funds, and the idea had no doubt presented itself to his mind to possess them by fair or foul means.
In pursuance of this plan, Moore
carried from the cars one of the heavy iron pins used in coupling the train.
When he and Jacob had retired to the same room at the hotel, and Jacob was, to all appearance asleep, Moore
commenced operations by an attempt to abstract the funds of his companion without his knowledge.
Finding that Jacob was on the watch, he commenced using the from pin on his head and face.
During the operation Jacob
struggled violently, and Moore
only got a small portion of the funds in his possession, the rest being scattered on the floor.
The noise made by the robber and his victim caused an alarm to be raised.
which ended in the capture of Moore
after a stout resistances.
Jacob was found on the floor insensible with his head so belabored by the iron pin as scarce to resemble a human being.
One eye was forced out on the side of his face, and blood ran in streams from his head, his mouth included.
In the latter Moore
had endeavored to introduce part of a pillow case, in order to staff the cries of his victim.
From the evidence of the witness, given as well as his feeble state of health would permit no one could doubt but that he had, during all the time of the attack on him, a real zing sense of what Moore
hoped to accomplish, and was determined to thwart him if possible.
He grasped his money with the tenacity of a dying man, and the first words uttered by him after recovering his consciousness was in the shape of an inquiry as to its safety.
, after hearing the evidence, committed Moore
for a further examination before the Alderman
's Hustings Court on the second Monday in March.