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Asian Restaurants, Employees Targeted In Eastern N.C. Robberies

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GOLDSBORO — A series of robberies and assaults has targeted Asian restaurants in six eastern North Carolina cities. Investigators from those cities are working together to put an end to the crimes.

Goldsboro police would not discuss its investigation, but said the department is looking into at least two other robberies where suspects followed Chinese or other Asian restaurant workers home.

Police said some workers were assaulted and one woman was raped.

"When we close down it's about 11 p.m. That's very, very late. Most American restaurants have already shut down" said a Goldsboro restaurant employee who was robbed.

"They just carry handguns and point at people's backs. [They] said, 'Don't move. Just stand wherever you are standing.' He just told me to give him all the cash," she said.

The worker described what happened to another robbery victim.

"[They] pointed their gun on [the worker's] back and said, 'Just give me my money or I'll kill you,'" she said.

Since July 6, 13 similar cases have occurred in Fayetteville, Wilson, Kinston, Farmville and Winterville. The victims give similar descriptions for the two suspects involved in each case.

Police from the different departments are sharing information about the suspects and are working to put together composite pictures of the two men.