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Police: Armed robbery at Raleigh home unrelated to spree

Posted October 2, 2013

— A 72-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint in his north Raleigh home Wednesday afternoon by two men who entered through an unlocked door.

Police said the crime doesn't appear to be related to a string of aggressive armed robberies reported in the area over the past 10 days.

This case doesn't fit the pattern, police said, because two men were involved, they made no effort to cover their faces and they didn't take the victim from his home to withdraw cash from an ATM.

The victim, who didn't want to be identified, said he believed at first that the robbery was related.

"The door opened and a guy put a gun over (a) chair. He didn't point it at me but he put it over the chair," he said. "My first thought was it might have been one of the ATM robberies."

He said the crimes are making him take extra precautions.

Raleigh armed robbery Man robbed at gunpoint in north Raleigh home

"You need to be very vigilant and you need to make sure you look through the peep hole before you open the door even if it's locked," he said. 

His neighbors are also on high alert.

"We've kind of been more aware of our surroundings in our apartment complex," said Wylie Bindeman. "The apartment complex actually has stepped up security."

"I'm trying to exercise precaution when I'm running," said Jocelin Deese-Spruill. "Normally I run with my ear buds. I'm holding my phone tonight. I'm just trying to be more aware."


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  • glarg Oct 4, 2013

    I dont know why WRAL finds it necessary to censor out the details.

    Now we have zero description of the men. Nice job.

    And no indication of the location. I see one of the people in the story lives by Edwards Mill and Duraleigh so these aggressive gunmen have moved back over by Glenwood.

  • Tommylee Oct 3, 2013

    I just hope some door to door salesman doesn't get shot by a nervous homeowner that just sees a stranger at the door.
    I have never felt the need to keep a loaded gun in the house during the day time. Now I keep it loaded with one in the chamber. It does have a safety key lock only I can unlock. Sad days.

  • Southern Girl Oct 3, 2013

    How do you know it is unrelated? Because there were 2? Could be 4 the next time. Where did it take place in N. Raleigh?

  • Phyxius1 Oct 3, 2013

    Raleigh is just heading up the headlines with robberies and shootings lately. Trying to really get those crime stats through the roof in the second part of the yr...

  • Gatsby Oct 3, 2013

    "Wake up, people - the Triangle is not safe"

    And Realtors (R) spin on their heads and sprinkle ashes everywhere to ward off such negative sentiments

  • sunshine1040 Oct 3, 2013

    I lie the description of the perps. There faces were not covered and they were male. Gee that fits every man male in the world. Narrow it down some. We well be sure to let leo know if we see anyone that fits that description

  • busyb97 Oct 3, 2013

    Well that would make me feel better, knowing they are not related. NOT. Just means another group is on the prowl.

  • bracksdad Oct 3, 2013

    I wish they would go ahead and pass a gun ban so the criminals will turn theirs in too. (hint of sarcasm)

  • Tax Man Oct 3, 2013

    Lock you doors, load your gun and have it at the ready. Know how to use it. Practice every week. Be prepared! If you see anything suspicious let the police know about it.

  • daddyankee Oct 3, 2013

    Is the media not allowed to give us any info on where this particular incident took place? Can they be more specific than just "North Raleigh"?