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Police: Hispanics Targeted in Armed Robberies

Posted March 20, 2008

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— Police believe that an armed robber repeatedly targeted people of Latino descent in downtown over the past three months.

Investigators said a dozen armed robberies happened within six blocks of each other in an area surrounding Lenoir Street. Shots were fired during two incidents.

One victim was shot in the abdomen, and the second suffered a wound in the thigh, police said.

"The victims in these cases have all been Hispanic, and they were all committed fairly close to one another," Jim Sughrue, a spokesman for Raleigh police, said.

Residents were robbed at gunpoint inside their single-family home, while a robber hit an apartment building down the street twice. Just around the corner, another home invasion occurred.

Advocates said they are not surprised that Hispanics are being targeted. Many fear that going to law enforcement would result in deportation, even if they are legal, said Antonio Asion, with the advocacy group El Pueblo.

"A lot of the criminals involved in this know that the Latinos are not going to report  this type of crime," Asion said.

Those who are in the country illegally and do not have bank accounts are easy targets, Asion said.

"They can't have any of these ways of safeguarding their money, so they end up carrying it with them," he said.

Investigators are handing out fliers and offered a reward for anyone who helps solve the string of armed robberies.

Police described the suspect as a young, tall, thin black man. He has been seen wearing a white cloth around his face.

Anyone with information about the robberies or shootings was asked to call Raleigh police at 919-890-3335.

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  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 24, 2008

    Well, if they don't rob the hispanics, then they obvious will turn and rob you. With that said, I hope they find this person of interest and send him on to prison for several years. Don't matter who is being robbed, its wrong.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 21, 2008

    Send all of the illegals back to where they came from and this problem goes away.

  • piperchuck Mar 21, 2008

    "Sending every illegal immigrant that is in the United States back to their country is not physically possible"

    That is just a cop out that's being promoted by people who are inclined to reward and coddle law breakers. We can get them out of our country if we want to, and while doing so might be economically painful for a while, continuing to ignore the law breakers, or even worse, rewarding them by legitimizing their stays here is an affront to the citizens of this country, to all who have immigrated here legally, and all who are waiting to immigrate legally.

    How did the ethics in this country ever get to the point where people publicly advocate supporting and rewarding law breakers? When did we decide it's ok for a group of people, illegal aliens, to ignore our laws and effectively say they're better than millions of others, people waiting for legal immigration, who obey our laws? When did the pursuit of cheap, easily abused labor become more important than obeying the law?

  • NCGal Mar 21, 2008

    1 of the original Americans,
    What in the world is a "Pilgram"?

    Our elected officials in NC could pass laws making us less illegal friendly if they wanted to. Trouble is leadership in Raleigh doesn't want to. We should follow the lead of OK,AZ,GA, among others, who are actually trying to force illegals to leave.

    We need to remember them in November when we vote.

  • piperchuck Mar 21, 2008

    "It is a FEDERAL LAW hence our FEDERAL GOVERNMENT should be doing something about it.(THE FEDS) They do not give local police the jurisdiction in these matters. Until the Federal government allows the states to do more about it, Raleigh Police and all the others that you think should be doing something about it, CANNOT DO A DARN THING!"

    I do not believe for a minute that there is nothing local jurisdictions can do about illegal immigrants. Saying they can't is a cop out. It's an easy way to justify a look the other way agenda or to save an already busy force from additional work. There are examples all over the country of local law enforcement agencies who have begun detaining illegals and turning them over to the feds. The "it's someone else's responsibility" has become way too pervasive in this country.

  • from da south Mar 21, 2008

    I'm not really feeling the sympathy. I think the illegals should take the money in their pockets,go back to their country and earn a living over there. If each person took one family member with them, we'd be off to a good start. They can start the visa process from there while their money is safely in a bank in their country. It would save the Raleigh P.D. the trouble of wasting our tax dollars protecting illegal people.

  • hawkydave Mar 21, 2008

    ifcdirector:
    You obviously do not know a thing about Police or LEO jurisdiction. FBI/U.S. Marshalls/U.S Customs/Border Patrol, etc...They enforce Federal Laws. Local(Raleigh, Durham, Cary, etc...)County Sheriffs, State Highway Patrol/Police...They all enforce state law and local ordinances. They have no federal jurisdiction. Raleigh Police, State H.P., and County agencies have no jurisdiction over illegal immigration. It is a FEDERAL LAW hence our FEDERAL GOVERNMENT should be doing something about it.(THE FEDS) They do not give local police the jurisdiction in these matters. Until the Federal government allows the states to do more about it, Raleigh Police and all the others that you think should be doing something about it, CANNOT DO A DARN THING! Trust me they would love to enforce it, if it was legal for them to do such. Luckily the counties are starting to go to federal training to assist in getting this done.

  • MarcoPolo Mar 21, 2008

    Black gangs in Durham have been targeting hispanics for the last 10 years hence the rise in Hispanic gangs. If Raleigh becomes a sanctuary city for federal dollars, expect the same results. All crime should be prosecuted. Race doesn't absolve the act of a crime regardless of what it is.

  • VT1994Hokie Mar 21, 2008

    I totally agree with piperchuck. I guess that what I wrote the first time did not make it through. I sincerely hope that our elected officials could make a law that has some teeth in it, in regard to people that are here illegally. How much can we take? We are TAXPAYERS. Enough.

  • 1 of the original Americans Mar 21, 2008

    (pic of Pilgram) = the original Illegal

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