Cops charge man with Marriott assaults

A convicted robber with a lengthy rap sheet has been charged with assaulting two women at a Center City Marriot. Anthony Thomas, 28, was arrested Sunday night by SEPTA cops, hours after he attacked a woman about to enter her room on the 15th floor, said Det. Michael Rocks, of Central Detectives.
Thomas had apparently followed the woman, 52, on an elevator. When she used a key card to open her door, he slashed her with a knife and stole about $300, Rocks said.
On Aug. 6, Thomas struck again at the Marriot, at 12th and Market streets. In that incident, he forced his way into the room of a 42-year-old woman, assaulted her and stole $25, Rocks said.
Both cases, Rocks said, “were pretty scary. He just went into the hotel and wandered around until he found someone who made a good target.”
Thomas, of West Philadelphia, was charged with aggravated assault, robbery and related offenses. According to court records, he was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison in 2004 on robbery charges. That same year, he was sentenced to nine months’ probation on counterfitting and theft charges. Thomas was also sentenced to 5 years’ probation in 2008 for terroristic threats, records show.