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Police: Masked man with machete robs Raleigh convenience store

Posted January 1, 2013
Updated January 2, 2013

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— A masked man with a machete robbed the Han-Dee Hugo's convenience store on South New Hope Road around 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to Raleigh police.

Derek McPherson, 32, was arrested after a short foot chase through the woods behind the store and was charged with the robbery, police said.

No one was injured.


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  • Bill of Rights Jan 2, 2013

    I wonder if this machete would have passed the two feature assault weapons test? I bet it didn't have a collapsible stock or a barrel shroud ... and there's a strong chance it didn't have a flash suppressor either. Clearly the solution is to ban all machetes.

  • 426X3 Jan 2, 2013

    Better put a ban on the machete.

  • Alert5 Jan 2, 2013

    That's it!

    We need more machete regulations and laws.

  • Phyxius1 Jan 2, 2013

    Look back at the slaughters in Rwanda back in the 70`s...1000s killed by machetes, clubs and knives in churches, schools and hospitals. Take away or have limited gun availability or make them highly expensive and people will find a substitute to bring harm or terrorize. It may have been 40 yrs ago but could just as easy happen today. People with weapons of any kind have the upper hand against those innocent victims that don't. Unfortunately there are people out there that will use any means they can to kill, create a crime, or promote violence.. Glad this person escaped unharmed in the robbery and I hope they catch the guy.

  • kermit60 Jan 2, 2013

    Maybe we need to have background checks and permits for garden tools?

  • jhilfiker2001 Jan 2, 2013

    He had felonies (3) in CT before coming down here.......


  • cpdtg Jan 2, 2013

    Pity the clerk didn`t carry

  • Relic Jan 2, 2013

    Meanwhile, more people are upset about persons having fox pens than dealing with persons committing crimes and their victims. Of course, unless you grow corn or have bamboo in your yard you don't "need" a machete so they should be either outlawed or the length of the blade limited to 3 inches so that if someone DOES decide to use one for violence there'll be less cutting. Yeah...that all makes perfect sense to me.

  • Thought Criminal WS Jan 2, 2013

    He didn't have access to a gun, probably couldn't pass the background check or afford one, so he did exactly what a criminal will do when guns are not available ---> He selected another weapon.

    Can we get the entire liberal lemming puppet show to start a "ban machete's" movement now? It's obviously the machete's fault and not the sorry sack of dung weilding it.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Jan 2, 2013

    Dude ain't too bright. He better be glad he wasn't met by someone carrying concealed.