A Georgia man accused in an armed robbery near the Howard Johnson motel in Harrisonburg last month has been extradited to Virginia.

Jerry Upton, 57, of Louisville, Ga., is charged with four felony counts of robbery, four felony counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, two felony counts of abduction and two felony counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Upton was arrested on Oct. 22 by U.S. marshals in Georgia. He was booked into the Rockingham County Jail on Wednesday night.

He appeared in Rockingham County General District Court on Thursday.

A preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 14.

The investigation into Upton began at about 6 p.m. on Oct. 11. Harrisonburg police responded to the area of the motel, which was formerly a Motel 6, located at 10 Linda Lane.

Police say two men, one identified as Upton, approached the victim near Linda Lane and East Market Street.

Police say Upton and the victim both were in town working at a construction site, and Upton knew the victim had just gotten paid. Upton was staying at the Howard Johnson.

After robbing the victim, police say, Upton held the victim at gunpoint and forced him to drive to the Hampton Inn on University Boulevard, where Upton robbed three more people.

Police haven’t identified the second suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call HPD at 437-2640. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 574-5050 or by texting “HPD” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6267 or pdelea@dnronline.com. Follow Pete on Twitter @pdelea_DNR

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