The hunt began after Morrisville police said a driver and a passenger in a car drove up next to a person in a parking lot at The Legends of Preston apartment complex and pointed a gun at the person before demanding money.
The person ran and the robbers got nothing.
"Then I seen a dozen or more cop cars," said resident Ruby Marsh. "All those blue lights flashing."
The alleged robbers bailed out from their car near I-540 and were seen running into the wooded area by a DOT work crew on Slater Road.
Officers with the Morrisville Police Department, Wake County Sheriff's Office, RDU Police, and the North Carolina Highway Patrol all took part in the hunt.
A NCHP helicopter was also in use, but the men were not immediately captured.