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Men try to rob Cary grandfather

Posted August 14, 2009

— Two men tried to rob a Cary man Friday while he walked with his grandson on Gregory Drive, police said.

Police said David Kurakula was pushing his grandson, 3, in a stroller just after 8:30 a.m.

Kurakula said two black men wearing hooded sweatshirts approached him. The men appeared to be in their 30s. One searched his pockets while the other tried to take the child from his stroller, Kurakula said. When he screamed, Kurakula said, the suspects fled in a white Ford Ranger.

"He was very scared," Kurakula described. "I was shouting 'Help me! Help me!' He was screaming 'Tada, Tada!' That means grandpa, grandpa. For ten minutes he was shivering."

The suspects got nothing but napkins from Kurakula's pockets, and neither victim was hurt, police said.

Police said the incident appears to be an attempted robbery, but do not believe the suspects were trying to kidnap the child.


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  • seu183 Aug 14, 2009

    I would like to invite this man to come see me at Eagle 1 Law Enforcement Supply for a free personal defense session. As a father and Law Enforcement Officer I can only imagine the fear this man felt as he and his grandson were being accosted on the streets of their neighborhood. My blood is boiling in response to the two cowards who terrorized this man and this child. I can only wish I had happened by while this was occuring. Please call me or come by......

  • jrfergerson Aug 14, 2009

    times are hard when the criminals go through a stroler to search for whatever they can find. With the financial status like it is, it is going to get worse. Good neighborhoods are not exempt from crimes these days.

  • IzzMad2016 Aug 14, 2009

    I used to live in this neighborhood and have friends that still do -- a nice, quiet residential area where we always felt safe. I hope they catch these cowards fast and I'm glad the grandfather and the child weren't hurt.

  • XARABELLE Aug 14, 2009

    this is scary,,,i live in this neighborhood and stroll my child down these roads daily! Something has to give here!

  • whocares Aug 14, 2009

    It is a sad day when people start robbing children in a stroller. I am just glad that the grandfather and his grandson are all right.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 14, 2009

    Most everyone lives a fairly decent life, free from crimes against others. Why do we have to deal with the few bad seeds that do these things? They might be arrested. But they will be back on the streets in a few months, if not immediately after their court case. Many foreign nations do some things better than we do. One is prosecuting and punishing criminals. If you murder someone, you SHOULD DIE! If you commit a crime against another, we shouldn't have to see you for 5 to 20 years. There should be no such thing as a Life Sentence. If you're so bad we don't want you on our streets again, you should be put to death. Until we get tough on crime, especially the smaller crimes, the number of criminals will only grow in numbers and severity.

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  • arljsl Aug 14, 2009

    Hopefully they will catch whoever done this...it is a shame that you can't even walk down the street...these losers need to get a job instead of robbing people. I hate that the grandson had to see that.