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Smithfield police seek men who beat homeless man

Posted May 11, 2012

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— Smithfield police are looking for three men who beat a homeless man on Franklin Drive late Tuesday during an attempted robbery. 

Authorities found Jose Hernandez, 50, on Franklin Drive near U.S. Highway 301 Wednesday afternoon, hours after he said he was beaten by three men trying to steal from him. Hernandez was taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in good condition Friday morning. 

Anyone with information about the robbery or anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area after 9 p.m. Tuesday should call the Smithfield Police Department tip line at 919-989-8835. Callers can remain anonymous.

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  • kre2 May 11, 2012

    It is the gangs the roam Smithfield at night. You do not dare walk downtown Smithfield at night...especially by yourself.

  • kewlone May 11, 2012

    "He's homeless...what can you steal from a homeless man?"

    A homeless person does not have a home so often carries everything they may own upon their person. So he may have had some cash. We've all heard of robberies where someone was killed over a miniscule amount of money.

  • dlentz2 May 11, 2012

    I'm with tmp32100, what can you get from a homeless man? And Wags, sounds to me like you are the intolerant one. It's either your way or it's wrong?

  • RM24 May 11, 2012

    What do expect? I guess it is just not just the gays that we are intolerant to in Johnston Co.
    Wags

    Or 30 other states across the USA. Which is more than half unless Obama has added some.

  • RM24 May 11, 2012

    Does no one have a discription of the attackers? I am guessing this was not robbery of a homeless man. I expect it was a form of a hate crime. Maybe some kind of "getting even" from what happened in Florida maybe???

  • Wags May 11, 2012

    What do expect? I guess it is just not just the gays that we are intolerant to in Johnston Co.

  • streetglide May 11, 2012

    kick a man while he is down, is the American way,, nobody listens until your dead anymore!

  • VW girl 2013 May 11, 2012

    He's homeless...what can you steal from a homeless man? People are so insensitive, it literally makes me sick! Prayers for him & I hope they find the idgits that did this and make them pay!