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Raleigh man charged with robbing multiple Asian restaurants

Posted July 13, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014

— A 25-year-old man was arrested and charged with robbing four Raleigh Asian restaurants.

Investigators did not say Sunday whether Timothy Hakeem Mays’ arrest is connected to a string of robberies involving Asian restaurant owners across eastern North Carolina.

Mays, of 3215-F Calumet Drive, is charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of second-degree kidnapping. His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

Mays is accused of the following:

  • robbing a China Wok on June 7 of $600.
  • robbing on June 12 King Chef on Capital Boulevard of $1,000 and “unlawfully” moving two people from one place to another without consent, according to an arrest warrant.
  • robbing Wang's Kitchen on June 28 of $2,000.
  • attempting to rob on July 12 Golden China on Falls of Neuse Road of $450.

A semi-automatic handgun was used in each robbery, according to arrest warrants.

Mays’ arrest comes days after the state Attorney General’s Office issued an alert regarding violent home invasions involving Asian restaurant owners. Cases have been reported across multiple eastern North Carolina counties since December 2013, including two in Johnston County.


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  • PanthersFan45 Jul 14, 2014

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    I'm surprised they have not come to his defense yet.

  • rmatt91 Jul 14, 2014

    Unfortunately, this isn't the first time he has gotten in trouble for armed robbery. Years ago he went to prison for the same thing...looks like some folks never learn their lessons. Where is the rehabilitation to prevent recidivism in today's correctional institutions?

  • Wendy Banner Jul 14, 2014
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    Which Wang's Kitchen please?

  • 45ACP Jul 14, 2014

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    Those are just the ones he's been charged with. Who knows how many other places or people he robbed......at gunpoint. I don't see where he has been sentenced yet or even found guilty. Where did you get 10 years from? Even if he got 10 years, I will gladly pay my taxes to keep a violent offender in jail for 10 years . That way, maybe YOU won't be his next victim at gunpoint. Maybe next time he will pull the trigger..........

  • Cheree Teasley Jul 14, 2014
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    It's assualt everytime he points that lo9aded weapon at someone. I hope he tays in jail for a long time, preying on one specific community is unacceptable.

  • mike275132 Jul 14, 2014

    WRAL website is just chock full of fine NC Citizens today....

    So 10yrs, in prison for armed robbery for $4,050 cash.

    Not really a good trade.

  • stymieindurham Jul 14, 2014

    I'll bet you the charges get consolidated for "ONE" judgment. That's as if the other three never got robbed. Where's the justice???

  • Derric Fuller Jul 14, 2014
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    Pretty sure he's a member of the NRA.

  • PowderedToastMan Jul 14, 2014

    Armed robbery - another classy NAACP constituent.

  • Christine Welker Jul 14, 2014
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    Quickly? The first incident happened back in April