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Shots fired during robbery of Rocky Mount restaurant

Posted December 11, 2009
Updated December 14, 2009

— Two men fired at least one shot and threatened to kill a cashier while robbing a restaurant on West Thomas Street Thursday night, Rocky Mount police said.

The men were carrying a handgun and a shotgun when they entered New China Restaurant, 430 W. Thomas St., shortly before 10 p.m., police said. They threatened the cashier and demanded money.

One man fired from the shotgun into the overhead menu, police said. The cashier handed over the money in the register, and the robbers fled.

They were last seen in a white, older model Honda Accord traveling east on Gay Street. The Accord might be a 1989, 1990 or 1991 model.

Police described the suspects as black men, between 20 and 30 years old. One man is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 185 pounds and has close-cropped hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt pants and white shoes and gloves. He carried a shotgun.

The second man is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 165 pounds and has medium-length dreadlocks.  He was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, black shoes and white gloves. He carried a black handgun.

Anyone with information about the suspects should contact Crime Stoppers at 977-1111 or Det. Scott Hale at 972-1456.


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  • nashville Dec 11, 2009

    your right beachbum, I work in Rocky mount but you better believe I leave town before dark.

  • working for deadbeats Dec 11, 2009

    Are the police sure that they have a correct suspect description?

  • stateman Dec 11, 2009

    RMT..every day it makes the news with some type of crime. I am so glad I moved away. it seems to be getting worse by the day.

  • pinehorse Dec 11, 2009

    beachbum65 is dead right! Another good, Carolina town is headed for death row due to crime. But if we take matters into our hands we're vigilantes. And if we say something about the criminals we're racists. I guess we'll eventually have to move. I think Greenland real estate is still selling cheap.

  • HappyGirl08 Dec 11, 2009

    Well, my brother used to say Durham was worse. I don't think so. Not anymore! He is gonna have to move! LOL

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Dec 11, 2009

    Yeah, good descrtiptions. I think they really said that the second guy had deadrocks.

  • tommys5 Dec 11, 2009

    Sure taking the heat off the Bull City right now.

  • Just the facts mam Dec 11, 2009

    I sure am glad I do not live in Rocky Mount. It does not appear that they have their criminal problem under control.

  • beachbum65 Dec 11, 2009

    Anyone who would operate a business on West Thomas Street in Rocky Mount after dark is a brave soul! I wouldn't drive my car in that area after dark. But then again, it is really not safe to be in the "Rock" at any time these days. The City on the Rise is quickly becoming the City on the Decline.

  • djcgriffin Dec 11, 2009

    Dang! Rocky mount again!