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Raleigh police seek suspect in armed robbery spree

Posted September 24, 2013
Updated September 26, 2013

— Raleigh police are investigating three armed robberies in a 48-hour span that appear to have been committed by the same person. Each crime happened within a 7-mile area, off West Millbrook and Duraleigh roads in northwest Raleigh.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, a man, armed with a handgun, approached a man and woman walking on the sidewalk after parking their car in the 4800 block of Pleasant Valley Road. He assaulted the man and stole the woman's purse before running away, police said.   

Less than 24 hours later, shortly before midnight Sunday, a woman leaving her vehicle in her apartment complex's parking lot on Furman Hall told police she was forced back into the vehicle by a man with a handgun and ordered to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash.  

He then dumped her near the Interstate 40/Wade Avenue interchange and took off in her vehicle, which was later found a short distance from her home. Several personal items had been taken, police said.

The next night, around 10:30 p.m. Monday, a woman was approached by a man with a handgun as she walked from her car to her home in the 1000 block of Collins Drive. When she screamed, her husband opened the door to investigate. The robber then forced her inside the home, held both victims at gunpoint and stole money and jewelry from them.

Robbery spree Police: Suspect in Raleigh robbery spree keeps face covered

He then ordered them into their car and forced them to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash. He stole electronics from the home before demanding the couple get back in their vehicle a second time. They drove away again, but the suspect soon forced them out of the vehicle and took off with it. 

The vehicle was later found near their home. 

In each case, the suspect was described as a black man, standing about 6 feet tall with a medium build. In the first two robberies, he was wearing all black, including a motorcycle helmet with full-face shield, motorcycle-style jacket and gloves. 

In the third case, he was wearing all black except for an orange and yellow zip-up jacket with a turtleneck covering much of his face.

Anyone with information is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357. Crime Stoppers pay cash rewards for tips that help solve cases.


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  • Barely Sep 25, 2013

    I can't wait until he knocks on the wrong door.

  • Typical WRAL Commenter Sep 25, 2013

    Police discharge their weapons in the vicinity of other people exponentially more than civilians do.
    That is like saying you are better at putting out fires than a fireman because more of them die in fires.

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 25, 2013

    "Obamacare for everyone - More innocent bystanders are shot by the police than the general public. And that is your fun fact of the day...."


    Yeah, and these are trained officers. Imagine the number if all of you amateurs were saving the day like so many of you claim to be waiting for.

  • buster102007 Sep 25, 2013

    Obamacare for everyone - More innocent bystanders are shot by the police than the general public. And that is your fun fact of the day....

  • buster102007 Sep 25, 2013

    I am starting to think Obamacare for everyone works for WRAL. I'm emailing my buddy Jim Goodmon to see if I am correct. Very selective posting of stats by the moderator.

  • buster102007 Sep 25, 2013

    I would guess that he is getting around by motorcycle, and that is why after he kicks the people out of their car and drives off the car is later found back near the victim's house or apartment. By being on a motorcycle he is going to be very brave in his getaway and probably not be caught unless a victim puts two center mass and one center forehead.

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 25, 2013

    "We all know that innocent bystanders never get shot by stray bullets right???"

    "Name one."

    How about 300+ in an 11 month period?

    More than 300 people in the United States were struck by stray bullets between March 2008 and February 2009, often from shootings unconnected to the victims, according to a new study by researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Published in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, the study calculated the frequency of stray-bullet shootings during an 11-month period – a phenomenon, according to researchers, that resulted in... (GunPolicy.org)

  • southerntalent Sep 25, 2013

    a simple inexpensive gps in your vehicle can have your stolen car found in a matter of minutes. Be aware of your surroundings after dark.

  • Typical WRAL Commenter Sep 25, 2013

    Does the handgun registration process include a requirement that the holder begin using the word "perp?"

  • lets_b_real79 Sep 25, 2013

    Look at what has been happening in Chicago. Innocent children that are in the area of people shooting at each other are dying. This is not the old west people. They are approached in the open and made to take the robber to the ATM. One lady was walking into her home....