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Terrified 911 caller details Raleigh armed robbery

Posted September 26, 2013

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— Raleigh police released a 911 call Thursday from a terrified woman who hid behind a pylon along Interstate 40 and pleaded for help after she says she was dumped nearby by a man who kidnapped and robbed her at gunpoint.

The crime is one of three armed robberies in a 48-hour span that investigators said were committed by the same man. All three 911 calls were released Thursday.

The woman described her harrowing experience, while repeatedly telling the 911 dispatcher that she believes "he's going to come back for me."

"He took my car, he took my stuff, made me get out of the car, and I'm afraid he's going to come back for me," she said. "He's coming for me. Help, please help."

Shortly after midnight Monday, police said, the woman was taken by an armed man from the parking lot of her apartment building on Furman Hall, off Duraleigh Road, forced to get into her car and drive to an ATM and withdraw cash. The robber later dropped her off near the Interstate 40/Wade Avenue interchange and took off in her car. 

"He waited for my friend to leave me in the parking lot by myself, and he came up to me and robbed me," she said. "He wanted $400. I didn't have it. We went to an ATM and I took out everything in my savings, which really was only $40, so I thought I was going to be shot right there." 

The woman said the robber asked her how old she was and whether she lived alone. She also said that, because he stole her purse, he had the keys to her apartment.  

"He has everything. I don't have anything on me except this phone," she said. "Oh my God, he has my driver's license. He has my parents' address. Please send somebody to their house." 

She said the man knew what he was doing and that she thought he had "definitely done this before." Police believe he's responsible for two other robberies in the area in recent days. 

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, a man with a handgun assaulted a man and stole a woman's purse while they walked together in the 4800 block of Pleasant Valley Road, police said.   

The next night, around 10:30 p.m. Monday, a man forced his way into a couple's home in the 1000 block of Collins Drive, held them at gunpoint and stole money and jewelry from them.

He then ordered them into their car and forced them to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash. After demanding they drive back to their home, he stole electronics before forcing them to drove away again. He eventually dropped them off down the street and dumped their car a block away. 

In each case, the suspect was described as a black man, standing about 6 feet tall with a medium build. In two of the robberies, he wore all black, including a black motorcycle helmet with full-face shield, motorcycle-style jacket and gloves. In a third, he was wore all black except for an orange and yellow jacket that zipped up to cover most 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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  • jet Sep 27, 7:59 p.m.

    What do you think was going to happen when NC got mean and took federal extended unemployment checks away? Reduced the unemployment check amounts, reduced/stopped food stamps? Did you expect people already in a desperate situation in a jobless recovery would just go starve to make your life easier?

    Read up on Cause and Effect. This is only the beginning so get used to it. Crime is going up.

  • geraniumposey Sep 27, 5:03 p.m.

    Big, tough man, beating up on little women. So brave. Why don't you show some shame and turn your sorry self in?

  • Raditude Sep 27, 3:59 p.m.

    So scary! Glad she's ok!

  • whatsupwiththat Sep 27, 11:24 a.m.

    Not letting my kids hang out around Raleigh till this fool is caught.

  • peace2u Sep 27, 10:08 a.m.

    How terrifying!

  • Whosays Sep 27, 9:06 a.m.

    I hope they catch this nut job.

  • henzoo3 Sep 27, 8:38 a.m.

    I am so glad no one was killed.