Raleigh's 'Bearded Bandit' strikes in Durham

A man wearing wig and fake facial hair was already wanted in three holdups Raleigh before striking in Durham.
May 9, 2014 3:21:49 PM PDT
Durham police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who robbed a local restaurant at gunpoint while wearing a wig.

Around 9:30 p.m. on May 1, police said the suspect walked into the Subway in the 4800 of NC 55 Highway with a gun, climbed over a counter and demanded the employees' cell phones.

He then took cash and money from a tip jar. Authorities said he was last seen walking slowly away from the restaurant.

The suspect was described as an African American man standing between 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, and had some facial hair. He was described as possibly being in his 20s and was wearing a large Afro wig, a blue shirt with short sleeves, gray jeans and black shoes.

The suspect was also carrying a black bookbag on his back.

The Raleigh Police Department has been looking for a simular suspect in connection with three robberies dating back since March.

  • On March 22 at approximately 8:30 p.m., the suspect entered the Subway restaurant at 3901 Capital Boulevard. He brandished a handgun and took money and cell phones before fleeing the scene.
  • On April 16 at approximately 9:45 p.m., the suspect entered the Papa John's restaurant at 5260 Capital Blvd. Armed with a handgun, he took money and cell phones before fleeing. In this instance, he struck an employee with the handgun during the commission of the crime. The employee was not seriously injured.
  • On April 18 at approximately 9:30 p.m., the suspect entered the Subway restaurant at 4112 Pleasant Valley Rd. Once more armed with a handgun, he again took money and cell phones before fleeing.

The suspect was described as an African American man, between the ages of 25-35-years-old. He stood about 6 feet tall and was wearing a wig and fake facial hair.

Anyone who believes they may know the identity of the suspect or who has other information that might assist the investigation of the case is asked call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP, Durham Investigator J.S. Smith at (919) 560-4415, ext. 29312 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.


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