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Raleigh car dealership robbed in broad daylight

Posted October 11, 2009
Updated October 12, 2009

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— A 21-year-old man is accused of stealing cash and car titles from a Raleigh car dealership Friday afternoon.

Dealership owner Randy Cavender said the suspect and two accomplices were first spotted waiting outside Silver State Imports, 2501 Capital Blvd., around 1 p.m.

“The one guy has got a gray hoodie that he's pulled down real low, and he's looking at the asphalt, and he won't look up. I said to these guys (coworkers), I said, ‘I don't like the way this looks. I think we're going to be robbed,’” Cavender said.

Cavender said the suspect, identified by police as Jeremy Kofi Amakye, ran through the front door of the dealership and pointed a gun at his face.

“He stuck the gun right in my face ... and said, ‘Give me the money,’” Cavender said.

Cavender said Amakye left the dealership with a briefcase containing $1,400 and 150 car titles.

“It happened so quickly. It was over with in seconds. I mean seconds,” Cavender said.

Amakye had the two accomplices wait for him outside the dealership in a green Toyota 4Runner, according to Cavender.

A motorist spotted the vehicle speeding away from the dealership. He wrote down the 4Runner's license plate number and drove back to the dealership with the information. Cavender said the plate number helped police find and arrest Amakye.

Amakye, of 1417 Cricket Ridge, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. 

Police were still investigating the incident Sunday. According to Amakye's arrest warrant, police believe his accomplices were Justin Brown and Antwon Jones. No additional information about the two suspects was provided by police.

Cavender said the car titles can easily be replaced by the Department of Motor Vehicles.


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  • james27613 Oct 12, 2009

    Too bad the dealership did not have dye packs like the banks.

    as for a 'ccw cowboy' getting involved, very easy for things to go bad real fast, robber could have easily killed the victim if anyone tried to stop the robbery.

    best to let the bad guy(s) leave and let police do their jobs.

  • Professor Oct 12, 2009

    When they first suspected the criminals, they should have immediately called the police. Business should never do business with anyone with their face covered or wearing a hoood. This could only mean trouble.

  • Bill of Rights Oct 12, 2009

    fisunt: what a bad attitude. I bought a used truck from a dealer down the road from this robbery victim and had a fair and entirely satisfactory transaction. I hope the suspects receive a fair trial and are punished accordingly if found guilty.

  • Dark_Horse Oct 12, 2009

    I applaud the motorist for doing the right thing and not looking the other way.

  • fisunt Oct 12, 2009

    Like the dealer never robbed anyone. The robber was the most honest one in the building. Too bad there weren't any concealed carry cowboys buying a new pick up that day. Would have been a great day for a little target practice.

  • sillyone. Oct 12, 2009

    99% of car dealers pack heat, glad he did not come to mine!

  • workingforthosethatwont Oct 12, 2009

    some countries cut off limbs, fingers etc or even brand their criminals. I would not object to branding. then you would quickly know who you are dealing with.

  • mjlt3 Oct 12, 2009

    I agree, I am glad that NO ONE was hurt over a few dollars but I am so tired of the revolving doors (put some years on these thugs) they think it's just a game ( a few months to recuperate) and then they are out and doing crime again! So sick of the good for nothing thugs running around with there pant down.

  • Grandpeople Oct 12, 2009

    Glad no one was hurt. We have enough social programs to help this guy out and many, many more coming - those will be paid for by people like me who get up everyday and WORK for a living and DON'T expect the govenment to give me my daily bread. Spread the wealth - work hard so the government can give my money to thugs like these guys.

  • ScottW76 Oct 12, 2009

    Yeah, blame the public schools because they are the true evil here. Ignorance is such an epicemic these days.