Blytheville hotel turns to bulletproof glass following double homicide

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Just days after Blytheville police arrested three suspects in the Cherrytree Food Mart double homicide case, a local motel is turning to bulletproof glass for security.

Jeff Sharp, the manager of the Deerfield Inn, met with a glass company Monday to get an estimate on a bulletproof window.

"It's going to cost us about $3,000," Sharp said.

Sharp said the decision came after suspects gunned down two Cherry Tree employees.

"It was a very tragic thing that happened," Sharp said. "The owner of that store that got killed built this hotel. This is all just to make our employees feel safe."

Although the hotel has never been targeted or robbed, Sharp said they are installing the bulletproof glass on the drive through window.

The lobby doors are closed at 9:30 every night, which leaves hotel guests to use the drive through window.

"I've worked the night shift," Sharp said. "I've had the butterfly feeling in my stomach when people walk up."

Sharp believes the new safety measure will benefit the night-side employees.

"Because of this recent tragedy, we've kind of insisted everybody has to go to the outside window now," he said. "It's sad. It's really sad that it's come to this, but again I want to emphasize we've never been robbed and we haven't had any incidents. We've been real blessed."

Sharp believes the money is worth it if it means saving the life of just one of his employees.

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