Elderly robbery victim shares story

Police sketches of three suspects in the robberies of elderly women. (Images courtesy Raleigh Police Department)

September 2, 2012 7:56:34 AM PDT
A crime alert across Wake County has senior citizens on edge after a string of violent robberies targeting the elderly.

Police are searching for the suspect wanted in at least five cases in Raleigh, Cary, and Fuquay-Varina.

One of the victims told ABC11 the suspect pushed his way into her home after following her from a nearby Food Lion. The incident happened the night of Aug. 20 and all for $30.

"He pushed his way in the kitchen. I don't want to be reminded of it. It's really a painful thing to have happened to you," the 95-year-old victim said. "I thought it was easier to give him the money because I had $30 in the desk. And I thought that would get rid of him."

Police believe the same man is behind the similar cases in Wake County. In some cases the suspect was armed with a knife or similar weapon.

The victim ABC11 spoke to was physically unharmed.

"I never felt insecure in the past, but I'll keep the chain across the door all the time and never go out in the car port ever," the victim said.

Anyone who believes they may know the identity of the suspect or suspects responsible for committing any of the above crimes is asked to contact law enforcement.

Cary - Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Town of Cary Police Department at (919) 469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at (919) 226-CRIM(E). Cary Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes. All calls will be kept confidential at caller's request.

Wake County - Anyone with information about this suspect that will help investigators identify him or locate him should call the Wake County Sheriff's Office at (919) 856-6911.

Raleigh ? Anyone with information that might assist the investigation is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or to go to the CrimeStoppers Web site at www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for instructions on reporting a tip online or by text message. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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