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Asian restaurant owners target of violent robberies across eastern NC

Posted July 10

— 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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  • gunmonkey Jul 11, 8:45 a.m.

    And for God's sake, buy a gun. Protect yourself. Don't be a victim.

  • LovemyPirates Jul 11, 8:48 a.m.

    Gunmonkey - good way to blame them for being robbed.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 11, 9:21 a.m.

    These crooks are taking full advantage of the late hours these business owners keep. Knowing that there are no banks open for late cash deposits and also knowing that the owners' kids fully participate as workers in the operation of the family's business.

    It's a horrible shame that these hoods use that to their advantage. How dare these cowards threaten harm on a hardworking business owner's child.

    I sure hope they change their business practices and become more diligent, especially when it comes to the safety of their families.

  • DURHAMBULL Jul 11, 9:24 a.m.

    And for God's sake, buy a gun. Protect yourself. Don't be a victim.

    — Posted by gunmonkey

    Because some people don't see more violence as an answer.

  • Stonewall Jul 11, 9:26 a.m.

    No description whatsoever of the robbers?

  • winemaker81 Jul 11, 9:26 a.m.

    And for God's sake, buy a gun. Protect yourself. Don't be a victim.

    — Posted by gunmonkey

    Even though that gun will be 5 times more likely to be used against you or a family member than... View More

    — Posted by Super Hans

    Stop spreading this made up statistic.

  • mike275132 Jul 11, 9:27 a.m.

    “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.

    Organized Crime [ Tongs, Mafia, etc] come to eastern NC.

  • Ijaz Fahted Jul 11, 9:29 a.m.

    "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."

    Aw geez. The night deposit belongs in one place after hours. The night depository at the bank. No need to make the risk of taking that money home.

    I hope they can get to the bottom of this and put those responsible in jail. Maybe even tack on a racial charge since they are attacking Asian folks.

  • TheCape Jul 11, 9:35 a.m.

    None of the restaurant owners or staff got a description or a view of these people?

  • Ijaz Fahted Jul 11, 9:35 a.m.

    These crooks are taking full advantage of the late hours these business owners keep. Knowing... View More

    — Posted by NotUrTypicalAmerican

    Two words: Night Depository

    That's where I put the deposit at the end of my day. All you need is a key from the bank so you can drop it in.

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