Mayor helps robbery victim

February 4, 2009 8:07:38 PM PST
It was a knock on the door that Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker was not expecting. A neighbor went to his house after a terrifying experience."Obviously, we were surprised. My wife was there, and we got her the phone right away so she could make the calls," Meeker explained.

Police say ealier, the neighbor had answered the door at her residence on McCulloch Street. When she did, she was confronted by a man who implied he had a weapon.

"I've lived there for over 30 years and never had a problem like this occur in my neighborhood," Meeker said. "You don't know what this person's done before how many houses he's looked at before knocking on that particular door."

He made her take him to an ATM machine to withdraw money.

After taking $300, a necklace and the victim's $400 cell phone; the suspect then had her drive him to New Bern Avenue where he got out of her vehicle. The victim was not physically harmed.

The suspect is described as a heavyset African American man with medium complexion. He stands about 5 feet 8 inches tall. and is described as being in his 20s and wearing a hoodie-style jacket made of cloth with a tan camouflage pattern.

Anyone who believes they may be able to identify the suspect is asked to call the RPD's Detective Division at (919) 996-3555.


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