msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 11/11/2010 8:53:50 PM ET 2010-11-12T01:53:50

Police say it didn't take them long to locate an Idaho man suspected in the robbery of a Cedars Inn — he was next door at The Alibi bar.

Lewiston police say 40-year-old Donald Mosley Jr. was arrested less than 15 minutes after he walked into the hotel and demanded cash from the desk clerk late Wednesday.

Police found Mosley at The Alibi, a bar located next to the hotel, allegedly with evidence of the robbery on him. Mosley was booked into the Nez Perce County Jail early Thursday and faces possible felony robbery charges.

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It was unclear Thursday whether Mosley had hired an attorney. Various state and county offices were closed in observance of Veterans Day.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Mosley is no stranger to Lewiston police.

The police say Mosley, apparently intoxicated, knocked on a fire station door the night of Oct. 28 and asked for a cup of coffee, the Tribune reports. After he was asked to leave — sans coffee — police say he walked to a nearby Dairy Queen, called 911 and reported a fire at his apartment.

He denied making the call, the Tribune reports, but a 911 dispatcher and two eyewitnesses begged to differ.

The coffee-and-911 escapade came just four weeks after Mosley got out of prison after serving his sentence for stealing an idling ambulance and leading police on a low-speed chase from Lewiston Orchards to Culdesac, threatening his pursuers with dynamite along the way.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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