The would-be robber asked for a pen and paper to write his demands, police said.
A man tried to rob The Hampton Inn in West Haven, but a clerk thwarted the robbery and refused to hand over the money.
Michael Ewing, 51, asked a clerk at inn for a pencil and piece of paper, wrote a note that said, “Give me the money or I’ll kill you” and handed it back to the man, police said.
The employee apparently didn’t take Ewing seriously and refused. Ewing then said he was going to shoot the clerk, but suddenly ran off.
Police responded to the inn at 510 Saw Mill Road, at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday after the hotel manager reported that an attempted robbery had just occurred and officers found Ewing on Allings Crossing Road.
Police said he is an apparent drifter.
Ewing, who claimed to be from Mississippi, but later claimed to live in West Haven, has an extensive criminal history out the state of Connecticut, that includes the abuse and possession of crack cocaine, police said.
Ewing was charged with criminal attempt to commit robbery in the second degree and was held on $100,000 bond. He is due in court today.