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Raleigh business owner stabbed in attempted robbery

Posted January 14, 2010
Updated January 15, 2010

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— The owner of Leo Tire Shop, 1616 Automotive Way in Raleigh, was stabbed during an attempted robbery Thursday evening, police said.

Leonel Martinez, 38, suffered a stab would to his upper left thigh. He was taken to WakeMed Hospital. Police said his injuries were serious, but he was expected to recover.

Martinez was locking up the tire shop when he was stabbed during the robbery attempt around 8 p.m., police said. The shop had been closed for several hours, but it wasn't unusual for the owner to stay late.

Police did not have a suspect description.


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  • sillyone. Jan 15, 2010

    I agree with Taxman. I also close a business in Durham after hour and have a Concealed Carry Permit and an never without my glock when at work. The person who decides to rob me will be making a fatal mistake.

  • concerncitizen Jan 15, 2010

    I woked for Blockbuster Video, and we had strick rules about working alone. When they are follewed you can be protected. As person who often closed the store, we had a rule that we used that I found to be real helpful. Two peole must be there to close. Both go out early move the auto's to the front of the building. At close, one person goes out, gets into their car positions themselves to leave to get help or otherwise watch for danger. The next person comes out gets into their car and they both leave, safely.... It works!

  • bmg379 Jan 15, 2010

    he was actually shot not stabbed as this report says,this is the best place in town for a deal on new or used tires.Leo is a super nice guy.this small strip off capital blvd is near the circus resturant milner inn and capital inn and a bad area for transients.

  • euimport Jan 15, 2010

    cops couldn't get a description? stabbed in the front!? minor injury; i'd know something about this robber ...

  • Tax Man Jan 15, 2010

    Merchants who have to work after dark and carry cash should have a CCW permit and use the gun if they are attacked. Here a gun would have made that knife wielding fool a dead one!