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Asian restaurant owners target of violent robberies across eastern NC

Posted July 10, 2014

— Clayton police are visiting Asian restaurants to warn owners of a violent trend that has spread across eastern North Carolina.

“It’s an unknown group of individuals at this time who are deliberate and organized in targeting and attacking Asian restaurant business owners,” said Clayton police detective Jason Linder.

Local and county law enforcement agencies across eastern North Carolina have partnered with the State Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to investigate violent home invasion robberies involving Asian restaurant owners. Cases have been reported in Beaufort, Craven, Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Lenoir, Onslow, Pitt and Wayne counties since December 2013.

The victims, which have included children, have been restrained, physically assaulted and robbed after returning home from working in area restaurants, authorities said.

One of the cases was in Clayton in April, where robbers forced their way into a home, pistol-whipped a family member and took that night’s deposit. Another robbery happened in Princeton in June.

The ATF, Craven County CrimeStoppers, Edgecombe/Nash County CrimeStoppers, Pitt County CrimeStoppers, Clayton police and Tarboro police have partnered to offer an $8,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robbers.

Authorities on Thursday opened a hotline to obtain information – (800) 276-4533.

Linder, the Clayton detective, advises restaurant owners to be more aware of their surroundings, especially during closing time.

“Watch for individuals following you home,” he said. “Watch for individuals coming in and watching you at the restaurant. Being aware of your surroundings is key because it happens quickly.”


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  • areyououtofyourmind Jul 11, 2014

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    So defending yourself is now a crime? Logically that is EXACTLY what you are saying. The key being "logically."

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 11, 2014

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    Plus, not every bank has a fully functional night depository. The one at our bank is locked and totally inaccessible after hours for some reason no one can fathom.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 11, 2014

    Since it's well known many restaurant owners/employees take the night deposits home, they need to spring for a safe in the business and stop doing that IMMEDIATELY!!!

    Blessed no one's been seriously injured so far. Prayers no one is. But am concerned because it's not unusual for violence to increase in crimes of this sort.

  • beef Jul 11, 2014

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    Sure they did. And if they looked like Larry the Cable Guy you can bet it would be in the headlines.

  • heard-it-all-before Jul 11, 2014

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    really? is it that complicated? all asian restaurants, home invasions, tied up and assaulted, robbed, 9 counties in NC alone, since DECEMBER of 2013. that's a trend. jeez.

  • Super Hans Jul 11, 2014

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    I apologize. It's 22 times more likely, as the_analyst pointed out below.

  • Derric Fuller Jul 11, 2014
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    Then that's where they need to revisit how they do business. Why so many feel the need to take their cash home with them instead of going that route, I dunno.

    Now these people following them on the way to the bank, that's another story. They may need to buy them a firearm.

  • burnhace Jul 11, 2014

    Can WRAL get better statistics than "a violent trend"? Merely counting counties adds up to at least nine (9) cases. Are there clusters? Is there a geographic chronological progression? That is, did it start in one location (e.g., Fayetteville) and then move outward? Is this an Asian organized crime situation or is it locals?

  • The_Analyst Jul 11, 2014

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    Actually Statistics from 2004 and redone in 2012 reveal the number is more like 22 TIMES more likely when you include suicides and all those children that are shot. Attackers using the element of surprise are expecially diabolical and hard to defend against. Smart guns and trigger locks make guns safer and almost useless in a dynamic defense situation.

  • iopsyc Jul 11, 2014

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    I would have thought Hans was referring to the Kellermann study (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199310073291506) but that shows a 2.7 fold increase, not 5.