Police want to arrest 49-year-old James Sowell Jr.
They say he tried to rob a man in the Kroger parking lot on North Pointe Drive around 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 18.
Police say Sowell put something in the man's side and demanded money.
The victim grabbed a rake from his truck and started to call 911. That's when the suspect ran away empty handed.
Sowell has been charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police at (919) 560-4582 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.