Police: Part-time housekeeper, boyfriend assault, rob motel manager

A part-time housekeeper at Bings Motel on Lycoming Creek Road and her boyfriend have been arrested on charges of allegedly robbing and roughing up the motel’s manager last week, according to state police.

Tiffany Leigh Patterson and her boyfriend, Douglas Larue Paulhamus, both 29, have been charged with robbery, simple assault, theft, receiving stolen property and harassment as a result of the incident on May 8, Trooper Matthew Sweet said.

Paulhamus allegedly attacked manager Harman Patel in the parking lot at 2961 Lycoming Creek Road by “grabbing him by the neck and head, and throwing him to the ground,” Sweet said in an affidavit.

Paulhamus then forcibly removed $150 from Patel’s pants pocket and tossed the manager’s cordless telephone across the parking lot, Sweet said.

The assault occurred about 10:15 a.m., just moments after Patterson, who lives at the motel, asked her boss for money, Sweet said.

Patel told her that he would give her money, but only after she cleaned three guest rooms, Sweet said. However, Paulhamus refused and kept asking for money, the investigator said.

At this point, Patterson approached the manager and allegedly assaulted him and took the money from him, Sweet said. Patterson, of 1771 Memorial Ave., and his girlfriend then fled the scene in a vehicle.

Taken into custody at an undisclosed location on Wednesday, the two admitted at their arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman that they were addicted to heroin. Both were committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail each.