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N.C. State Shares Sketch of Robbery Suspect

Posted March 13, 2008

— Police at North Carolina State University have identified a suspect in an armed robbery on Centennial Campus Tuesday afternoon.

He is a black male in his mid-20s, about 5'10" and 150-160 pounds. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a black ski mask, a black ribbed sweater, desert camouflage pants and tan or grey work gloves.

Campus police have been especially alert after the week began with two armed robberies in two days.

Investigators said the suspect and another man demanded money from a graduate student as he was leaving a building on the Centennial Campus late Tuesday afternoon.

Two male students told police they were near 2110 Avent Ferry Road at about 9 p.m. on Monday when a man wearing a mask and armed with a knife robbed them.

"It's very concerning, not only to us, but to the campus community," said Capt. Jon Barnwell, with NCSU police.

Police have not confirmed that the two cases are related, but they are looking at the possibility.

There have also been several recent break-ins at campus-area apartment complexes. The Avent Ferry Complex had as many as five robberies last week.

Natasha Herting, who is running for student body president, said burglars broke into her College Inn apartment while she and her roommates were sleeping.

"It was really scary just to think that you have no control – that someone could be in your apartment and you have four girls alone,” she said.

N.C. State students with whom WRAL spoke said the recent rash of crimes has them on alert.

“I'm thinking whether I’m safe walking down to my lab or not,” Devesh Diwari said.

“Yeah, it’s definitely alarming. Definitely walk in groups, that's what I would say,” Zach Fitzgerald said.

Campus police are on heightened patrol in wake of the recent incidents. They have asked anyone with information that could help in the investigations to contact the North Carolina State University Police Department at 515-3000.


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  • All child molesters should die Mar 13, 2008

    uncw40oz: No, it's not you! I agree. That pic. favors the unibomer - I think the hood does it.

  • uncw40oz Mar 13, 2008

    Is it me or does it resemble the unibomber ? ? ? (minus the sunglasses)

  • angora2 Mar 13, 2008

    Tax Man, regarding students with guns:

    "I swear it looked like a burgler. How was I to know in the dark that it was my roommate?"
    "I came back from class and saw her making out with my roommate. What did you expect me to do?"
    "I was drunk and thought it was someone else."
    "I was drunk and don't remember ... "

    College kids and guns ... right.

  • WakeCountyNative Mar 13, 2008

    "Ok. About the ski mask question and how they can get a description.. We need to remember one this. This is a State college.. We're not talking about the sharpest knife in the drawer."

    Try one this ?? Did you attend a State school as well ?

  • bomanicous Mar 13, 2008

    "I agree about the sketch. I think they used a psychic."

    Maybe the people involved were actually there and don't have to rely on an article and sketch from the media for ALL of there information.

  • wolfpackfan15 Mar 13, 2008

    Hopefully they will catch him. It very well could be connected. Maybe not the same person that did it, but somebody who knew who did it, and it was kind of a connected thing. Perhaps a group of people looking for some "fun".

  • cat976 Mar 13, 2008

    I think it IS the same guy!!!!!

  • ECU_chick Mar 13, 2008

    "Gilligan, my post was in response to the great example of ECU's party mentality. She was wanting to play the race card by questioning how they knew it was a black male if he was wearing a mask."

    Party mentality? Hardly. I am not one to play a race card, obviously you do not know me. I will disregard that ignorant comment as I was just wondering how they knew to make a sketch with a ski mask on and that the picture looked like a Caucasian male. So tell me, how is that playing the race card?

  • Through a glass darkly Mar 13, 2008

    "Need to give all the students "heat" and a concealed-carry permit and notice how quickly the robberies will stop."

    That may be true, but then you will see a lot more firearm violations -- shot up signs, cars, buildings, and probably a lot of gunshot wounds and manslaughter cases. The mix of immature teens + away from home for the first time + binge drinking = disaster.

    In most cases I see, when someone asks for more people to carry guns for "protection", what they mean is to be allowed to carry a gun themselves without anyone else carrying. I, for one, don't want to go back to the time of Hatfield-McCoy or Lincoln County war.

  • canes06 Mar 13, 2008

    Ok. About the ski mask question and how they can get a description.. We need to remember one this. This is a State college.. We're not talking about the sharpest knife in the drawer.