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Two arrested for theft after on-line escort rip-off in Colonie

COLONIE, NY (NEWS10) – The Colonie Police Department announces the arrest of two locals for an alleged robbery at the Hampton Inn and Suites on British American Boulevard.

On January 11 at around 10:30 p.m., police reported that a victim of a robbery had met a woman on an online escort portal,, who had agreed to meet him in person at the hotel. After a “brief encounter” with the woman in the hotel room, a man came out of the bathroom and attacked the victim.

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Police say the woman joined the attack and the two stole his money, debit card, car keys, and other belongings. It is said that the victim locked himself in when his attackers left the room. Then they allegedly stole his car.

Police said their investigation resulted in the arrests of Ava C. Maddalla, 20, from Scotia and Khalil Q. Hankins, 25, from Schenectady on Tuesday. Police said the couple may have committed other thefts in the area after similar online encounters. The stolen vehicle was recovered in another colony on Tuesday.

Both Maddalla and Hankins are charged:

  • Second degree robbery
  • Great second and fourth degree theft
  • Third degree attack
  • Illegal Second Degree Detention