It happened just minutes before nine o'clock at the Economy Inn on Gaines Street.
Police describe the suspect as a black man in his 30's, with medium to dark skin, and weighing 140-150 pounds. He has short hair, is clean shaven, and was wearing a black t-shirt and black jeans.
Police say he was dropped off at the motel and the car that he got out of was described as small and dark colored.
Before robbing the motel office, police say the suspect asked for change for a five-dollar bill.
When the clerk opened the cash drawer, he pulled out a small black handgun and jumped over the counter.
The man took the cash from the register and then ran from the motel towards Highway 425.