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Knightdale police investigating robbery in restaurant parking lot

Posted August 1, 2010
Updated August 3, 2010

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— Police in Knightdale are looking for the people who robbed and assaulted a 69-year-old woman in a restaurant parking lot on Sunday.

The victim was assaulted while walking from her vehicle around 1 p.m. at the Applebee's at 6609 Knightdale Blvd., her granddaughter said.

Police said someone approached her from behind, grabbed her purse and pushed her to the ground.

Police said the robbers fled the scene in an older model Ford Ranger, blue or green in color, with heavy damage to the rear.

An officer later spotted a truck matching that description and tried to pursue it, but then determined a chase was too dangerous to continue.

The woman's granddaughter said Monday that she suffered cuts, bruises and a broken arm, but she had been released from the hospital.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is asked to call Knightdale Public Safety Department at 919-217-2261.


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  • ccs1920 Aug 3, 2010

    bmg379/ Good advice to your relatives. What you are seeing is called diversity.

  • bmg379 Aug 2, 2010

    I tell my mom and sister to stay away from grocery stores off 64 and new bern as well as capital and mini city,anywhere in those areas aren't safe for 2 older women anymore,just look at the thugs hanging in the parking lot at the new bern wal mart

  • dowellgodwin Aug 2, 2010

    these policemen are to be commended for suspending the chase. it is pathetic that anyone would push over a senior citizen and swipe her purse. but what would it help if more innocent people were hurt or killed in the pursuit. i know these cops agonized over not being able to apprehend the perps of this shameful crime, but they showed a bigger concern, and an eye for the bigger picture. if a sherrif's deputy cannot manage to pursue a perp on the open road without killing two girls, how much safer can it be to chase people with no conscience down crowded new hope road? awful crime, great decision.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Aug 2, 2010

    "This stinks. I wish they were allowed to chase and could have caught the scum that assaulted a 79 year old woman. If they are willing to do that, who knows what else they've done or will do in the future."---

    Same here but the fact remains that the public and the geniuses on Golo would rather persecute the officer for doing his job rather than the criminal for doing the crime and causing someone to be hurt by running. You're going to see a lot more of this around here from now on, and criminals will be getting away a lot more often. Don't blame the police. The public is now getting what they asked for, a police force who are powerless to take action against criminals in fear of being charged or sued themselves.
    August 2, 2010 10:13 a.m.
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    I agree with you 100% leo...

  • fishon Aug 2, 2010

    [so how does one fix such a challenge]?"----

    Evidently at a young age they are a menace to society. Let's save a few years, money, and more people injured or dead. I vote death penalty.

  • gingerlynn Aug 2, 2010

    Oh and I thought this stuff only happened in Durham? NOT

  • nanny Aug 2, 2010

    Kudos to you LEO-NC-its sad what our world has come to-we have teachers afraid to discipline and teach and law enforcement scared to do their job-all because of being "POLITICALLY CORRECT". Things weren't like this when I was growing up-we have all these bleeding heart liberals to thank for that. It makes me sick to my stomach with what my grandchildren may face in this country one day. HATS OFF TO ALL THE GOOD LEO'S AND TEACHERS-I'M SORRY OUR SOCIETY PREVENTS YOU FROM DOING YOUR JOB.

  • ncwiseguy Aug 2, 2010

    how the heck can the public help if no description of the perp or his vehicle is provided???

    i guess they re expecting people on the scene to come up with the info.

    if i d been there, the perp might have ended up dead. (bang bang)

  • leo-nc Aug 2, 2010

    "...criminals with more rights than the victims now..."

    That's the truth, and we wonder why so many in society are victims. We have become a weak bleeding heart population. Sorry, but I'm going to continue to do my job and if I get slammed for doing that, then so be it but I'm not about to let something bad to happen to someone if I can help it, even if it means getting fired for not being too much of a panzy

  • nanny Aug 2, 2010

    What the article leaves out, is that this is an LEO's aunt and grandmother-the aunt is 69 (not 79) and she was with her 90 year old mother, who had to watch her daughter get attacked and could only scream for help. To some on here, no matter what our law enforcement does-it will always be wrong to you-hope you never have to call one when you're in need. We already have criminals with more rights than the victims now, it's only going to get worse and by the way, the criminal was a black male and that's not racial profiling-THAT'S THE TRUTH.