Police release 911 calls from Raleigh armed robbery victim


Thursday, police released 911 calls made by the people who were robbed at gunpoint by the so-called "Helmet Bandit," who struck three times earlier this week.

The most chilling of the calls came from the victim who was abducted from the parking lot of an apartment complex on Duraleigh Road.

911: "You don't know this person?"

Caller: "I don't know this person. I've never seen this person.  He was wearing a motorcycle helmet. I couldn't see anything and he has definitely done this before because he knew what he was doing.  He made me turn the side-view, rear-view mirror away from him.  He ducked down in the back seat. He made me shut the door at the ATM, even though I had to open it because my arms are too short."

The victim says the armed robber took her to an ATM at the Olde Raleigh Shopping Center not far from her home. He then dropped her off in the dark on the off ramp from Interstate 40 eastbound to Wade Avenue.

She had nothing but her phone. The robber had her purse and everything in it

She was panicking the whole time fearing he would use her keys to get in her apartment, or even go to her parent's home, which was the address on her driver's license, or even worse.

Caller: "I was just robbed at gunpoint. They took my car. They took my stuff. They made me get out of the car and I'm afraid he's going to come back for me."

911: "What's the location?"  

Caller: "I'm on I-40. I'm on Wade Avenue Exit B3. I'm out here in the middle of the street."

A few harrowing minutes later, Raleigh police showed up with blue lights on to let the woman know it was okay to come out of hiding, but that wasn't the beginning or the end of the terror.

The incidents began on Sunday night when a couple was robbed at gunpoint just up the road from the same apartment complex.

On Tuesday night, the robber struck again near North Hills. There he robbed a woman and her husband, and also drove them to an ATM.

(Click here to see a map of the crime locations.)

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the case should call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.

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