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Police search for three suspects in Raleigh nightclub robbery

Posted July 20, 2008

— Police are searching for three suspects in the Sunday morning armed robbery of a Raleigh nightclub.

The Centro Cervesero La Saona nightclub, 4000 Atlantic Ave., was robbed at 10:45 a.m., police said.

There was only one worker on duty at the time of the robbery, officials said. When the worker went outside to dump trash, he was held at gunpoint by three men. Police said the suspects put duct tape over his eyes and tied his arms and legs with a plastic device, while they robbed the nightclub.

About 15 minutes after the suspects left, the worker managed to free himself and call 911. The worker did not suffer any injuries.

Authorities said the suspects stole an undisclosed amount of money from the club.

The victim provided description of suspects to police. All were described as Hispanic males.

The first suspect was described at about 5-foot-10 and between 25 and 30 years old. He was wearing a baseball cap with a “D,” a navy blue shirt, jeans and yellow Timberland boots.

The second suspect’s height and weight were not listed. He was described as 17 to 22 years old with a moustache. He was wearing a black T-shirt, baggie pants and tennis shoes.

The third suspect was about 5-foot-9 and weighed between 170 and 180 pounds. His age was not provided. He had a moustache and wore a white tank top.

Raleigh Police Department Capt. M.A. Reynolds said the suspects appeared to know what they were doing.

“Obviously it was planned. It was calculated,” Reynolds said.

Anyone with information should contact the Raleigh Police Department at 919-890-3335 or Crime Stopper at 919-226-2746.


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  • just laura Jul 21, 2008

    "Close the boarders." That's awesome.

  • downtownbrown Jul 21, 2008

    Making this an argument over illegal immigration is stupid. It has nothing to do with that. There are plenty of legal citizens of this country who commit criminal acts all of the time. Heck, our president is a criminal. I guess it's the standard set for us.

  • BELLA28 Jul 21, 2008

    I'm purely amazed...not at this story, but at the comments. " IF THEY WERE NOT HERE..." and "CLOSE THE BORDERS..."

    PLEASE!! I can understand why those words could be uttered, however, what do you say about the LEGAL CITIZENS of this nation that HAVE committed crimes and are in jail?! "OH, THOSE LEGALS STILL WASTING OUR TAX DOLLARS".....would that be anything close to what you would say?

    What I find rather interesting is how the VICTIM could describe all three. I'm sure that after being somewhat DISTRAUGHT, that would be a difficult thing to do.

  • whatusay Jul 21, 2008

    If they were not here we would not be wasting tax dollars hiring additional police.

  • bngexpress Jul 21, 2008

    good hard working people just here to make a living for themselves and their family's, CLOSE THE BOARDERS NOW.

  • john283594 Jul 21, 2008

    Sounds like the same three that robbed the store in Clayton...

  • seanboyus Jul 21, 2008

    Yeah right just write it off, legal or illegal is of little consequence, it should be worked via the community using simple policing. Probably ex workers there, could be legals, could be illegals does it matter? They were smart enough to go for what they knew as well as what some would call low hanging fruit. Just be glad we have a somewhat good relationship with our hispanic population, a population that will not tolerate real gun play, similar to what many of them are escaping in their home countries and many southern/southwestern cities in the US. Hopefully the community here will be able to assist.

  • wralgolo Jul 21, 2008

    I used to live a couple of blocks away from that area and seeing things going on there scared me sometimes. That was when I decided to move.

  • TStills Jul 21, 2008

    Shocking developments here. This isnt the type of thing you see every day. Oh...wait a minute...it is...

  • ifcdirector Jul 21, 2008

    I wonder if they ever have any illegal aliens attend there and it's got to be impossible that these criminals were hispanic because they can do nothing but do the jobs that we don't want to do right? Welcome to the new Third World courtesy of the President, Congress, Governor, Legislatures, Mayor, and Police Chief and basically everyone who should be protecting us in government from this kind of environment but tells us to go pound sand. I have zero respect for any of them.