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Store Clerk Shot in Cary Robbery

Posted January 31, 2007

— Police were investigating two armed robberies Tuesday night, including one in which a store clerk was shot.

Rahul Patel, a clerk at the High House Food Mart at Old Apex and High House roads, was shot in the chest and one arm after a man entered the store about 8:45 p.m. and pulled a gun, police said.

Patel was taken to WakeMed, where his condition was not immediately known.

Police said they did not know if the suspect, described only as a black male, took anything from the store after shooting Patel.

About 10 minutes earlier, a man had entered a Phillips 66 station on North Harrison Avenue and showed a handgun, police said. The clerk ran to the back of the store to an area behind glass and the man fled, Cary police said. That suspect also was described only as a black male.

Police said they did not know early Wednesday if the two incidents were related.

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  • Poleaux Feb 1, 2007

    I live a couple of houses down and across the street from Mr. Patel's store. Being legally blind, I am unable to cross the busy street and visit his store, so he told me to call him when I needed something and he would deliver it to me personally... which I did many times. He always showed up with a cheerful smile and would never let me tip him. He is the last person to deserve something like this happening to them. I would like to find out a way that I can donate money for his medical bills. If anyone knows how, please let me know.

  • SomeRandomGuy Jan 31, 2007

    I havent seen this on the news, but here is the description from the Town of Cary's website:
    The suspect is described as a black male, five feet seven inches to five feet eight inches tall, and was last seen wearing a long, navy blue nylon jacket with gray piping over a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, a navy or black baseball cap with no logo, white tennis shoes and black gloves.
    There are also some surveillance photos on the site:

  • LambeauSouth Jan 31, 2007

    I went by the store this evening around 5:00, there is a sign on the door and several people are by to sign the poster card and slip cards through the door. Many loyal friends and customers are coming by to sign and leave cards. They have not cleaned the inside of the store up from this horrible shooting. The store is closed and I imagine it will stay closed for several days. Rahul is a very caring and loving man and our prayers are with him and his family. If anyone finds out if anything is needed, please post. Kathi Hart

  • caroladdison Jan 31, 2007

    bgc65, thanks for the update. I've been worried sick all day. Looks like Mr. Patel is a friend to many of his customers. I know he's never been anything but nice to me! I'd love to know as well if there's anything I can do to help them get through this. ps, when I drove by today, the 'open' sign was on at the store & I saw several people there (although I didn't see anyone go in or out of the building, so I can't say for sure).

  • words4u Jan 31, 2007

    I live around the corner and have frequented the store many times. Will the family need help with medical bills? Or with finances? - since the store is temporarily closed. If so, how can I (others)help? I AM praying he is okay. Any updates?

  • dw172 Jan 31, 2007

    On the noon news they said he will not die from his wounds. Thank God! He is such a nice person and everyone he calls friend. I pray that his wife and son were not there too. Our prayers are with the Patel family today.

  • jimmycrackcorn Jan 31, 2007

    Actually I am not sure that the wife and child were not there. I hope they weren't so they didn't have to witness this violent crime. And nthomas, sorry that you have animosity toward the Cary P.D.
    Trust me, they could be a LOT worse.
    Sorry that a man of God could not handle a wandering member of his flock and had to resort to the Police. And they probably used cameras to protect themselves so that they had definative proof before charging someone with a crime in a church at Mass.

  • LambeauSouth Jan 31, 2007

    I do not believe that His Wife or Boy were there, I Hope and pray he pulls through this, as I said before class act all the way. Matter of fact, just the other day I saw him helping a lady who's car broke down in front of the store. I hope they get this guy!

  • SomeRandomGuy Jan 31, 2007

    I know Mr Patel as well, and he is the owner of the store. Do we know that his wife and son were not there, as they usually are? I used to go to that store on a daily basis, until I moved a little bit away. Now I live very close to the Phillips 66 that the attempted robbery occurred at just a few minutes before.

  • superman Jan 31, 2007

    deja1221-- I heard that walmart had some customers and clerks who were stealing-- they want Cary to send out the police and set up video cameras as soon as possible-- and then there is K-Mart, Burger King, Wendys, Bojanles and a whole list of companies that are having the same problem. Better bring out the national guard to set up all those cameras to catch people while they commit the crime.