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Authorities: Robber followed shoppers home

Posted July 14, 2010

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— Two Wayne County residents have reported being robbed at gunpoint after returning home from a Goldsboro Walmart, authorities said Wednesday.

A 20-year-old Stantonsburg woman and a friend left the Walmart on Spence Avenue early Monday and noticed that a car appeared to be following them. The car drove past after they stopped at the woman's home, but as they got out of the car, a man dressed in dark clothing with an orange bandanna around his face ran from a nearby field with a gun and demanded money from them, authorities said.

After robbing the woman and her friend, the gunman told them to go inside the residence, fired a shot into the air and fled, authorities said. A witness reported an older-model, dark-colored Buick in the area at the time of the robbery.

A 48-year-old Goldsboro man left the Walmart early Tuesday, and when he arrived home and got out of his car, someone yelled at him to get on the ground. He told investigators that a man dressed in dark clothing with a bright orange bandanna around his face pointed a gun at him, threatened him and demanded money.

After robbing the man, the gunman fled on foot toward N.C. Highway 111.

In both incidents the robber is described as a black man between the ages of 17 and 25 with a medium build, about 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, with short hair.

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders urged people to be vigilant and stay in a well-lit, public area and call 911 if they believe someone is following them.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at 919-731-1481 or Wayne County Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255.


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  • sayitoutloud Jul 15, 2010

    If you noticed someone following you, why in the world would you go home?

  • Local_NC_Native Jul 15, 2010

    Yeah, what's the deal with panhandlers (or worse) at car washes?

    I rarely go any more, and definitely NEVER with my kids, because I've been approached several times. When I do go I feel like I need eyes in the back of my head, and I have to assume anyone walking by is going to come up to me.

    Panhandlers on the street aren't that big a deal - I just tell them "Thanks anyway, I'm good" and it confuses them long enough for me to already be down the street, but I guess at the car wash you're a captive audience...

  • Tiffany2007 Jul 15, 2010

    Can't wait until this criminal is off the streets. Hopefully he gets a chance to attempt to rob the citizen who will be waiting just for him. "Bag and Tag". Senseless. You can't even shop at WalMart and have a great day.

  • Justin T. Jul 15, 2010

    Keep some Walmart bags full of trash in the back of your car. Then if you get robbed the criminal will be doing your chores for you.

  • Adelinthe Jul 14, 2010

    jreesnc - "Wouldn't it be more lucrative if the robber had followed people home from more expensive shopping venues? Jewelry stores? High end electronics outlets? That might yield them a larger haul of loot?"

    Well yeah, but that's assuming most criminals are smart; most are probably not.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Jul 14, 2010


    How odd!!!

    Thanking God no one's been hurt.

    But folks, if you're being followed, DON'T DRIVE TO YOUR HOME OR ANYONE ELSE'S.

    If you can, drive directly to the nearest police station.

    If that's too far away, drive directly to the nearest busiest place of business nearby and call the cops from there.

    If you take them to your home, they know right where you live - forevermore.

    God bless.


  • NCTeacher Jul 14, 2010

    jreesnc- yes, it might be more lucrative to follow people home from different stores. BUT, this is Goldsboro- there aren't a whole lot of shopping choices here other than Wal-Mart, Target, Ross and other discount type stores... And if you are stealing something and paying nothing for it, I guess it's pretty lucrative no matter what store it came from.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 14, 2010

    This makes no sense. Why would you assume they have money AFTER they have been shopping? Might have some change left over. These guys are bigtime losers.

  • Scare Crow Jul 14, 2010

    I agree, you don't flash anything. You draw your weapon, you use it, period. If I see a weapon, gun, knife, club, out it comes, aim, and fire if he take one more step. It is a lot different to live it than to write about "what if". I was at a car wash, going to vacuum out the car. In the middle of the day on a busy highway. I was approached, asked for some money, refused to give any. He went for his pocket and I for mine. He withdrew......faast and left. It really shakes you up to think about what could have happen, with or without a firearm.

  • harmstrong4 Jul 14, 2010

    How about a 44 Mag on the seat beside you. Surprise.