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Man attacked, robbed on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh

Posted November 27, 2012

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— Raleigh police are investigating a report of robbery and aggravated assault in downtown Raleigh over the weekend that left a man seriously injured.

The attack happened just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning in front of La Volta Restaurant, at 411 Fayetteville St., when, Mia Longo says, she put down her purse near her car to help her friend, Josh Mosley, hail a taxi.

That's when, she says, four clean-cut, well-dressed men, with short-cropped hair, grabbed her wallet from her purse, and, when Mosley tried to intervene, put him in a headlock and beat him in the head.

"I tried helping as much as I could," she said Tuesday. "I ran and tackled one of them, and they kept throwing me to the ground."

Mosley remembers nothing about the attack, only waking up unable to move his arms or legs.

"My forehead was split open. It's been glued back together. My nose was broken," Mosley said Tuesday. "I suffered what's called cervical spinal strain."

Fayetteville Street Man attacked, robbed on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh

According to a police report, the four men got away with approximately $100 from Longo and $90 from Mosley, as well as his watch. The report describes the men as "preppy."

Police are reviewing surveillance video from nearby businesses and hotels but say they have no leads. They have not received any other reports of similar crimes in the area.

Anyone with information about the attack should contact the Raleigh Police Department at 919-996-3335 or Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.



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  • IPayYouPay Dec 5, 2012

    This 56-year-old Raleigh native knows downtown is NOT the place to be at 2:30 a.m. - sorry, but true. And yes this is my neighborhood too moreso than you. This is NOT NYC and I wished people would stop trying to make it that. Hailing a taxi, really?

  • TeenDad4_WorldTour Nov 29, 2012

    We looking for black dudes, hispanic hombres, japanese dudes, chinese dudes, Korean dudes, Brazillian fellas, Native American chaps, white dudes, Eskimo bros, Italian stallions, or albinos???
    brotorious
    November 28, 2012 10:16 a.m.
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    Thats a clown question bro, you know its Eskimos!

  • commonsense4 Nov 29, 2012

    Raleigh downtown is so safe compared to any other city. So stay away if you want torchhappysean, but you are the one missing out, and too scared to live life.

  • outside_chance Nov 28, 2012

    Something smells fishy in this story to me. First off, who needs help hailing a taxi in Raleigh? It's not NYC. Secondly, who needs to set a purse down to hail a taxi? Is it that hard to wave 1 arm in the air while carrying a purse? Thirdly, who sets a purse down next to their car at 2:30am (vs. just putting it in her car). Also, if she has a car, why not drive the friend home instead of a taxi? Lastly, the description is way to plain and vague. All 4 men were "clean cut, well dressed with close cropped hair".

    I could be wrong, but it seems like there is more to the story to me.

  • Typical WRAL Commenter Nov 28, 2012

    This is as far from "typical" as possible when it comes to downtown. What about the thousands of other people who went out that night without incident? Stay home and hide from the world if you want, but don't insult my neighborhood while you do it.

  • torchhappysean Nov 28, 2012

    Got to love that typical downtown nightlife!!! And the city counsel still wonders why moving events like the 4th of July fireworks there was and still is a bad idea!!!

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Nov 28, 2012

    Something is missing in this story.

  • OneLove Nov 28, 2012

    brotorious - WRAL answers "Yes". lol

  • brotorious Nov 28, 2012

    Don't lay your purse anywhere @ 2:30am. Nothing good is going to come of it. This sounds like a crime of opportunity. The whooping that homeboy took was incidental. From the article, 4 striking young lads beat this guy up in route to a polo match.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 28, 2012

    Them dang old blue men at it again.

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