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Wake Forest robbery fits pattern of recent kidnappings, holdups

Posted October 10, 2013

— Investigators said Thursday that they haven't determined whether a Tuesday night robbery in Wake Forest is linked to a recent string of kidnappings and robberies in and near Raleigh.

The latest robbery occurred in the 6200 block of Ridgemount Street at about 11:40 p.m., Wake Forest officials said. A woman getting out of her car was robbed at gunpoint by a man wearing black gloves and a ski mask.

"Somebody came and put a gun to my head in the garage and asked me to go to the ATM machine and tried to get into the house," the out-of-breath woman told a 911 dispatcher as her car alarm blared in the background.

Wake Forest neighborhood Wake Forest robbery worries residents

She said she set the alarm off to scare off the robber as she ran into the house.

"You save up your money, and you buy a house in a nice neighborhood, and you think you're going to be safe," said Shannon Derbyshire, who lives in the neighborhood. "It just shows you that it can happen anywhere."

"I'm pretty wary as a person, but definitely, I'm going to be keeping a closer eye out of my surroundings from now on, especially now," nearby resident Lawrence Yon said.

The Wake Forest case appears to fit the pattern of five armed robbery cases in Raleigh and Wake County in the past few weeks: A masked gunman approaches a victim getting out of a car, demands to go into the house and tries to make the victim drive him to an ATM and withdraw money.

On Wednesday, the Raleigh Police Department and the Wake County Sheriff's Office released photographs of a man they want to speak to in connection with the robberies they are investigating.

"(I'm) very concerned. We have a lot of kids in this neighborhood, a lot of traffic on this particular street, a school right behind," said Julian Terry, who lives near the scene of the Wake Forest robbery.

Anyone with information about the Wake Forest case is asked to call the police department's tip line at 919-435-9610.

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  • fishon Oct 11, 4:28 p.m.

    Country Girlz Have MORE fun: "Without a picture, it will be hard to help."

    Please read the 8th paragraph AND click on the words in blue.....
    lasm

    That was recently added to the story.

  • davidgnews Oct 11, 12:37 p.m.

    This guy has to have an accomplice driving him around, scouring neighborhoods, then dropping him off.

    It's hard to believe that he'd just go and park a car near the intended victim's residence since it's probably more of a last-minute decision. Also hard to see how someone would be 'around the corner' waiting to pick him up, either.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Oct 11, 9:08 a.m.

    coralart - Why would the reporter make the comment that the neighbors keep their garage doors open all day? Use a little discretion next time.

    She said the victim was robbed in her garage. Therefore folks using a garage need to be extra cautious and the smartest thing to do is hit the alarm button because it will instantly cause a scene.

  • jonesc75 Oct 11, 8:14 a.m.

    "Hopefully, before too long, this clown will run up on the wrong person, someone with a concealed handgun. That's when the spree will come to an end."
    flyguync

    I agree with you flyguync but then you will have the NCAAP and his crew crying about why did he have to get shot. Then the left side will be screaming we need more gun control. I agree with what I herd once before not sure who it was but when asked about gun control, the response was and loosely quoted here, "sure I believe in gun control, use both hands."

  • coralart Oct 10, 7:41 p.m.

    Why would the reporter make the comment that the neighbors keep their garage doors open all day?
    Use a little discretion next time.

  • Bartmeister Oct 10, 7:03 p.m.

    Well he's certainly not on foot and he hasn't gotten the victims car every time and even returned it once to their house. He'll probably get caught in a dumb traffic citation or something. If we're playing cold warm hot, he's getting very close to very warm in meeting a CCA in his latest location. Keep coming lil buddy..................

  • chrisnrali Oct 10, 6:56 p.m.

    what does there being children in the neighborhood or a school nearby have to do with this guy robbing ADULTS? Nothing, focus people FOCUS!!!!

  • Justic4All Oct 10, 6:05 p.m.

    He's sticking to the upscale neighborhoods with unarmed citizens.

  • flyguync Oct 10, 5:58 p.m.

    Hopefully, before too long, this clown will run up on the wrong person, someone with a concealed handgun. That's when the spree will come to an end.

  • devilblue Oct 10, 5:55 p.m.

    I bet his luck runs out soon enough. He's going to come across the wrong person and become a victim himself hopefully.

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