Gunman terrorizes, robs man

January 27, 2009 2:54:18 PM PST
Anxiety is the new neighbor in a normally quiet Cary neighborhood of Prestonwood.Resident Barbara Brickman says she barely slept after learning what happened to a neighbor Sunday night.

"Oh my god, gun, armed robbery in our neighborhood!" she said.

Neighbors say a 63-year-old man answered the door at his home on Torry Pines Drive. The person at the door claimed to be from the Prestonwood Country Club.

"So he disarmed the [alarm] system and opened the door - he was looking at a gun," Brickman explained.

It turned into an hour and a half of pure terror according to neighbors now taking care of the victim.

"He's afraid to go back home," said Brickman. "They tied him up, put a hood over his head, and evidently tied him up with duct tape or something."

Police say a gun was shoved in the man's mouth. The robber dragged the duct-tape bound victim from room to room demanding money. When the suspect went out to ransack the victim's car, he was able to get free, run outside and scream for help.

That's when neighbors came to his rescue.

Now, a neighborhood watch program is in the works for the traditionally crime-free community. Police say the suspect made off with money and credit cards, and he's still on the loose.

"Crime can occur anywhere and people need to be diligent in looking out for suspicious activity," offered Sgt. Randy Bird with the Cary Police Department.


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