Crime Alert: Six robberies within 2 hours

April 20, 2009 4:39:00 AM PDT
Police are trying to gather information about six robberies that occurred within a two hour period Thursday night. Investigators say they believe that some of the robberies may have been committed by the same suspects. A reward is being offered.

The first robbery happened at 8:30 p.m. on Steadman Street near Barry Street. Police say a man told officers he was walking on Steadman Street when a man approached him and asked for money.

When the victim refused to give him money, the suspect pistol whipped him and took his wallet and cash. The victim was treated at Durham Regional Hospital for his injuries.

The suspect is described as a black man, ranging from 20 to 25-years-old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.

The second robbery happened around 9:18 p.m. at 24 Hour Check Cashing, on North Roxboro Street.

The victim says she was getting into her vehicle in the parking lot of the business when a man armed with a black handgun approached her, pointed a gun at her head and robbed her of cash and a cell phone. A second woman was also getting in the car, but was not robbed.

The suspect is described as a black man, ranging from 19 to 25-years-old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing.

The third incident happened around 9:31 p.m. at Raleigh-Durham Check Cashing on Broad Street.

Police say the victims were getting in their vehicle in the parking lot of the business when a man got out of a vehicle parked in the corner of the parking lot and robbed both of them at gunpoint.

The man got back in the passenger side of the vehicle, which was described as a brown or black 4-door car. The suspect was described as a black man, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall wearing dark clothing. He was armed with a black pistol.

During the fourth robbery around 9:53 p.m. in the 200 block of North Duke Street, a man approached two women at the Shell convenience store on West Main Street and started a conversation with them.

The women left the store and started to walk on Duke Street. A short time later, the man who spoke to them in the convenience store approached them on the street, pulled out a black handgun and demanded money.

The victims did not give him any cash and he fled. He was described as a black man, 20 to 22 years old, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 9 inches with a medium build and partially braided hair pulled back with a rubber band. He was wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans with red writing on the back and black/brown low top Nike shoes.

The fifth robbery happened at 9:59 p.m. in the 700 block of South Mangum Street. A man was walking on Mangum Street when a man walked out from an apartment complex, pulled out a black handgun and demanded money.

He took the victim's wallet and cell phone. The suspect was described as a black man, 17 to 22 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 120 to 140 pounds with a dark complexion. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark clothing.

The final incident happened at 10:28 p.m. at Taco Bell, on East N.C. 54.

Police say the victims were sitting in a car in the parking lot when a man armed with a black handgun approached their car and demanded money.

He was described as a black male, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, 170 to 190 pounds with a medium complexion and braids or dreads tied back with a bandana. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark clothing.

He fled in a dark-colored mid-sized sedan with square tail lights.

Anyone who can identify the suspect or suspects, or has information on any of these robberies is asked to call Investigator Green at (919) 560-4935, ext. 29415 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.


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