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Man held under $950K bond on Chinese restaurant robbery charges

Posted July 14

Timothy Hakeem Mays makes his first appearance July 14, 2014, in a Wake County courtroom on a half-dozen charges stemming from the robberies of four Chinese restaurants in Raleigh.

— A man suspected of targeting and robbing Chinese restaurants in Raleigh was remanded on a $950,000 secured bond during a brief court appearance Monday.

Police arrested Timothy Hakeem Mays on Sunday on a half-dozen charges in connection with four robberies and attempted robberies that occurred since June 7.

Mays, 25, of 3215-F Calumet Drive, faces one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon in the June 7 robbery of a China Wok restaurant, in which $600 was stolen, and the June 28 robbery of a Wang's Kitchen, in which $2,000 was stolen.

He faces another charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of second-degree kidnapping in a June 12 case at King Chef, 4644 Capital Blvd, in which $1,000 was stolen.

Mays is also charged with attempted robbery in the July 12 robbery of Golden China, 4347 Falls of Neuse Road.

The arrest comes days after the North Carolina Attorney General's Office issued an alert regarding violent home invasions in the past seven months that involve Asian restaurant owners.

Cases, which include child victims, have been reported in Beaufort, Craven, Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Lenoir, Onslow, Pitt and Wayne counties.

A police spokeswoman could not say Sunday whether Mays' arrest might be connected to the crimes in the eastern part of the state.

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  • dmccall Jul 16, 10:04 a.m.

    Could these crimes be considered "hate crimes"? If one targeted black-owned or gay-owned restaurants for these same actions, wouldn't he/she be considered for "hate crime" charges?

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 14, 4:34 p.m.

    $950K???
    While I LOVE to read of large bonds ecause it keeps the rest of us safe from them while they're trying to find all that money, suspected murders and child molesters have had less bond when their's should be as high as this and higher IMO.
    Still, praying for justice.