Photos of suspected Brier Creek robber released

RALEIGH There have been several armed robberies in the Brier Creek area since September.

The most recent one happened Tuesday night. Authorities say someone was held up near the movie theater just before 6 p.m.

The robbery comes just a week after a couple was robbed in the parking lot near Pei Wei Asian Diner on Little Brier Creek Lane, and the victim says the experience has shaken his family.

Barry Kyu says he and his wife were hoping to share a meal at the restaurant last Tuesday when in a matter of seconds; they turned into victims as they were getting out of their car.

Kyu says the robber went after his wife's purse first.

"The individual pulled the purse at gunpoint and then pointed the gun at me and asked for my wallet," Kyu said.

He says when he realized he didn't have it, Kyu offered the robber his cell phone instead.

"I just basically gave them whatever I had for the safety of the people around me and my family," Kyu said.

About 30 min after Kyu and his wife were robbed at gunpoint at Brier Creek, one of the suspects showed up at a convenience store on Riddle Road and Highway 55 in Durham. The suspect tried to use Ms. Kyu's credit card at an ATM and was caught on surveillance video.

Kyu says he couldn't tell much from the blurry photos of the suspect, but says it all happened so fast that he wasn't able to recall many details about the gunman.

"I'm glad, you know, the police got ... the surveillance," Kyu said. "They're working hard on it."

"We are concerned, but we're taking steps to address it also," Raleigh Police Captain C.A. Carrigan said.

The Kyu's aren't alone. Two people have been robbed at gunpoint at banks in Brier Creek, while getting out of their cars carrying money deposit bags.

One happened earlier this month at Bank of America and the other happened in November at Wachovia.

"When they got out of their vehicles, they were approached by the suspect who pulled a firearm and robbed them of the bank deposit bags," Carrigan said. "Suspect descriptions and the MOs are both pretty much identical."

Raleigh Police believe the bank robberies are related, but are not sure if the robbery last week or a September purse snatching at Lowes Foods in Brier Creek may involve the same suspect or suspects.

They have increased patrols in the area and they're asking anyone with information on the crimes to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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